kwayatsutVNHS Supportive Housing

Kwayatsut (K-why-ah-sote)

Seeking one’s power

Located on 2465 Fraser St., our state of the art LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building provides supportive housing to low-income individuals that face multiple barriers and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The supportive housing is a partnership between Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) and Pacific Community Resource Society (PCRS). VNHS provides property management and 24/7 support services and security to all 103 residents, 30 youth and 73 adult residents, while PCRS provides additional support services to the 30 youth residents.

The Tenant Support Workers assist tenants to live independently with the life-skills and supports they need to become active and integrated members of their community. Supportive housing is a blended model of rental units that have a care component within the building.

The tenant support programming at 2465 Fraser offers an Aboriginal perspective that has elements of Aboriginal culture to address life skills and social programming designed to foster a sense of purpose and community.

Within our building, we have included a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to address concerns and also to celebrate successes. The meeting minutes will be posted in a timely manner.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre Housing names its building Kwayatsut

Kwayatsut opened its new site early December 2014 to youth housing and support services for at-risk and homeless youth. As part of a partnership with Vancouver Native Housing Society, Pacific Community Resources Society, the Province of BC, the City of Vancouver and Streetohome the building on the corner of Fraser and Broadway acts as an all-nations hub serving at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 12-24. The building is also be the new home of the Broadway Youth Resource Centre where tenants can access community-based mental and physical health care; addictions services; household management and meal preparation; money management and community living skills.

Kwayatsut (K-why-ah-sote) is from the Coast Salish language. The word holds the meaning of seeking one’s power or spirit quest. The building was named by Chief Ian Campbell from the Squamish Nation. Kwayatsut has 30 youth beds with specific units for youth who are most vulnerable to homelessness: Aboriginal youth, LGBTQ youth, and youth leaving foster care.