YWCA - Alder Gardens
Once construction is complete at the YWCA’s Alder Gardens, residents will be able to enjoy all the comforts of home thanks to a $8,581 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, housed with First West Foundation.
In partnership with the City of Surrey and BC Housing, the YWCA is building a new housing community in Surrey. YWCA Alder Gardens will cater to single mothers and their children and link community services in a supportive housing model. This new housing community will include 36 supportive housing units for single mothers, at risk of homelessness with priority given to Surrey residents. Rental rates will be determined using a pro-rated, income-based rent system whereby women pay no more than 30% of income.
Built in partnership with B.C. Housing and the City of Surrey, rental rates at Alder Gardens will be determined using a pro-rated, income-based system capped at 30 per cent of a resident’s monthly income. Tanguay says that having access to this kind of affordable housing will enable single mothers to break the vicious cycle of poverty and begin building healthier and more economically-secure lives.
“The women and children staying at Alder Gardens need a safe and secure environment where they can focus on rebuilding their lives,” explains Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation. “Our Foundation is proud to be able to support this meaningful project.”
Alder Gardens will assist up to 108 women and children annually, and will also offer a Transition House Support Worker, Community Development Worker and various YWCA services for employment and legal issues.
YWCA Vancouver is a registered charity, providing a range of integrated services for women and their families, and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. From early learning and care to housing, health and fitness, employment services and leadership, YWCA Vancouver touches lives in communities throughout Metro Vancouver. Visit www.ywcavan.org for more information