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Vancouver City Council awards contract to second service provider Safe Stay Community –

The City will award a professional services contract to Living Hope Church for the operation of its second community of support for homeless people

VANCOUVER – On Monday, February 7, members of Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to award a professional services contract to Living Hope Church to operate the city’s second Safe Stay support community for homeless people. homeless. Living Hope Church has extensive experience in providing shelter and outreach services to homeless people in the community.

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The non-profit organization will manage the day-to-day operations of the future Safe Stay community, ensuring that safety, security and sanitation measures are maintained and that residents have access to stabilization resources and services including they need.

“Securing a committed and experienced service provider like Living Hope Church is the next important step in opening a second Safe Stay community in the city,” said Jamie Spinelli, homelessness response coordinator for the city. “They are already strong advocates of supporting our unsheltered neighbours, providing regular outreach services such as meals, food/clothing bank, mobile shower trailer and more on a weekly basis. They also currently operate the only walk-in weather shelter in Clark County. Living Hope Church knows what support is needed, how best to provide it, and how to do it compassionately.

Determining and finalizing a location for the city’s second Safe Stay Community is the next step in advancing the Safe Stay Community program which is part of the city’s homelessness response plan. The first Safe Stay Community, located at 11400 NE 51st Circle in East Vancouver, opened December 2021 on city-owned property. Since its opening, this community has successfully provided its residents with referrals for permanent housing, placement support, and access to essential health and treatment services to exit homelessness.

The City will award a professional services contract to Living Hope Church to operate its second homeless support community.
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The city has identified a potential location for its next Safe Stay Community and is conducting an extensive outreach campaign to all residents and business owners within 1,200 feet of the proposed site, soliciting their input during a public comment period.

All Safe Stay communities will be run 24/7 by on-site non-profit operators, have screens or fencing, provide sanitation and hygiene services and offer a range of local health.

Under the terms of the approved one-year contract, the city will pay Living Hope Church $552,212 for services rendered.

The city’s goal is to have a total of three Safe Stay Communities open by the end of summer 2022, providing support to about a quarter of the more than 500 estimated people living without shelter in Vancouver.

Information provided by the City of Vancouver.

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