Housing Complex for Mentally Ill Homeless Opens in Vancouver

The homeless in Vancouver now have a permanent place to stay if they are suffering from mental illnesses or struggling with addiction. The Kettle Society have opened a new housing complex called Taylor Manor to help those in need. The complex was once a psychiatric facility and then a home for seniors. The complex contains 56 studio-like apartments with a communal kitchen. According to the story on CBC News, The Kettle Society were able to open this facility thanks to a large donation. An anonymous donation came in of #30 million which will keep the facility running for the next 30 years.

To find residents for the 56-person complex, The Kettle Society visited places such as parks and shelters to take applications from those interested in becoming a resident at Taylor Manor. They received 200 applications in just 10 days from those in need. The Kettle Society went through each application and chose those who they felt needed their help the most. It is projected that most residents will need to spend a few years at Taylor Manor before they are able to stand on their own feet.

The state of Utah had a similar program to help the homeless in their area stated Jason Halpern. Since 2005 their homeless population has been reduced by 72% and many less calls were placed to social and emergency services since that time.

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