The Kettle’s Taylor Manor opens!

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Nancy Keough, Executive Director of The Kettle Society with Taylor Manor partners at the opening on March 19, 2015.

“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.

Taylor Manor is a 3-storey Tudor revival style building at Boundary and Adanac in Vancouver. The renovation and expansion has been completed and 56 homeless individuals with mental illness or addictions will now have access to needed services in this supportive housing.

 

Providing people with homes

“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 City of Vancouver  contributed:

  • The Taylor Manor lands
  • The original building (assessed at $2.7 million)
  • $3.1 million from the 2012-14 Capital Budget to this project
  • $323,000 in Capital Maintenance to the existing building and grounds

Community partners

A unique approach to partnership and innovative use of our development tools and resources has made this project a success. The $14.5 million renovation of the facility included a number of community partners:

  • The Government of British Columbia (the largest government funder) contributed $10 million.
  • Streetohome Foundation committed $1.4 million from the private sector to support the renovation of Taylor Manor and the addition of an annex, which included:
  • $1.2 million gift from Vancity
  • $200,000 from the Carraresi Foundation
  • Anonymous donors who have agreed to provide ongoing operating funding.
  • Operators of the facility

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
  • A courtyard within the complex
  • BBQ deck
  • 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.”

On-site support for residents

The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions aims to strengthen our 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.

History of Taylor Manor

Taylor Manor was originally constructed by the City 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.

Protecting existing affordable rental housing

Thie 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 the most vulnerable citizens to transition from living on the street and in shelters to self-sufficiency.

To learn more about this project, please click here.

Community Advisory Minutes

October 2015

September 2015