Vancouver Native Housing Society’s mandate is to provide safe, secure and affordable housing. Although our original and ongoing mandate is to focus on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous community we have expanded our operations to include housing solutions for non-Indigenous people, seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness and the homeless and homeless at-risk populations.
VNHS was founded in 1984 and owns or manages a portfolio of 18 buildings with almost 900 units. VNHS houses approximately 8% of the urban Indigenous population.
In addition to family and supportive housing residences, VNHS runs two Indigenous Social Enterprises called Skwachays Lodge and Gallery. Skwachays Lodge is also home to our Artists in Residence Program, a program that houses, supports, and provides Indigenous artists with a place to live and create. The artist’s rents are subsidized by the hotel and gallery revenue. For more information about Skwachays Lodge and Gallery, please visit www.skwachays.com
Vancouver Native Housing Society is a registered charity and is governed by an all Indigenous Board of Directors.