City of Vancouver
March 19, 2015
Historic Taylor Manor opens 56 new supportive housing units
The renovation and expansion of historic Taylor Manor has been completed and 56 homeless individuals with mental illness or addictions will now have access to needed services in this supportive housing.
The City of Vancouver provided the Taylor Manor lands and the original building (assessed at $2.7 million) and contributed $3.1 million from the 2012-14 Capital Budget to this project, plus another $323,000 in Capital Maintenance to the existing building and grounds. The $14.5 million renovation of the facility included a number of community partners: The Government of British Columbia as the largest government funder contributed $10 million. Streetohome Foundation committed $1.4 million from the private sector, which included a $1.2 million gift from Vancity, and another $200,000 from the Carraresi Foundation, to support the renovation of Taylor Manor and the addition of an annex. Anonymous donors have agreed to provide ongoing operating funding.
“Supportive housing provides people with homes where they can get services to stabilize their lives. We want to provide the residents at Taylor Manor with safe places to live and opportunities to make positive changes,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing.
“With 56 units of new supportive housing for homeless Vancouver residents living with mental illness or addictions, the opening of Taylor Manor is an excellent example of key partners working together to provide urgently needed housing and support for many of our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “When we know that 93% of Vancouver’s homeless population faces either a mental illness or addiction, the opening of this unique project is an important milestone in our work together to end street homelessness and to help residents transition into healthier, safer, and more hopeful lives.”
The Kettle Society will operate the supportive housing facility, with tenants moving-in starting March 18. A total of 56 residential units were created, along with program areas, kitchen and dining facilities, reading, lounge and TV areas, and a courtyard within the complex, BBQ deck and community garden.
“The Kettle is thrilled to be chosen to operate this supported housing facility,” said Nancy Keough, Executive Director of The Kettle Society. “Our goal is to have a safe place for clients to eat and sleep; make friends, develop relationships, find something meaningful to do and to be an active, contributing participant in the community around Taylor Manor.”
“We are proud to have partnered with BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, and The Kettle Society on a truly unique renovation of a historic building that will provide housing and support services for one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, those with mental illness,” said Rob Turnbull, President and CEO of Streetohome Foundation. “Our contribution is made possible through generous donations from Vancity and the Carraresi Foundation. We thank them and all our donors for helping create safe, decent, affordable, supportive housing for those at risk in our city.”
Taylor Manor was originally constructed by the City of Vancouver in 1915 to serve as a care home for low-income seniors. The building was renamed Taylor Manor in 1946 to honour popular eight-term Vancouver Mayor Louis D. Taylor, who died in poverty at age 89.
The complex served as a long-term care facility until 2000 when the residents moved to the neighbouring Adanac Park Lodge operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.
The City is actively working to protect Vancouver’s existing supply of affordable rental housing, while adding 5,000 units of non-market or social housing by 2021. Critical to the success of this goal is the creation of supportive housing units. This enables our most vulnerable citizens to transition from living on the street and in shelters to self-sufficiency.
The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions aims to strengthen the City’s response to the immediate mental health crisis. Taylor Manor builds on the recommendations from the Task Force and will include significant on-site support for people who have a history of mental illness and are homeless or at-risk of being homeless in Vancouver.
A unique approach to partnership and innovative use of the City’s development tools and resources has made this project a success.
To learn more about supportive housing in Vancouver:
City of Vancouver
BC Housing develops, manages, and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. They partner with private and non-profit housing providers, other levels of government, health authorities, and community groups to increase affordable housing options for British Columbians in greatest need. BC Housing also helps bring about improvements in the quality of residential construction in B.C. and helps strengthen consumer protection for buyers of new homes. www.bchousing.org
Communications & Project Manager
Streetohome Foundation is working to ensure that all citizens of Vancouver have access to safe, decent, affordable, supportive housing. They bring together business, government, service providers and community leaders to build resources and develop lasting solutions to homelessness. Their long-term work is guided by a 10-Year Plan that will help people break out of the cycle of homelessness, and also prevent people from falling into it. Learn more at www.streetohome.org
Kettle Friendship Society
The Kettle Society – Strength through Mental Health, supports people living with mental illness to lead healthier lives. The Kettle provides 3,600 individuals with 26 services, a mental health drop-in that is open 365 days a year, a women’s transition house and 400 units of supported housing throughout Vancouver.