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NEW – Fire Evacuees FAQs Dec 27 2017

MEETING – January 4, 2018

All Fire Evacuees, please be advised that the next briefing with VNHS will take place at January 4, 2018, 10:00 am in room 264.

BULLETIN –  December 22, 2017

OFFICIAL COMMUNITY NOTICE REGARDING THE DECEMBER 20th FIRE

Dear Community Partners,

On December 20, 2017 Vancouver Native Housing Society experienced a significant fire in one of our family buildings, displacing approximately 50 tenants. These tenants have since been evacuated and relocated to temporary housing.

We are reaching out to our community partners to advise you of this unfortunate event and to ask for your support during these challenging times for our evacuees. We are working with the City of Vancouver, community partners, agencies and other resources to ensure all of our tenants are safe, secure and have essential items during the holiday season and beyond. We ask only that you offer support in any way you or your organization are able to comfortably. Your generosity and continued support will help us to create the support network many of our tenants need during this difficult time of transition.

We are currently accepting monetary donations via our Go Fund Me campaign:

DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR DEC 20, 2017  FIRE EVACUEES

All physical gifts appropriate for children and teenagers that are  unwrapped are required at this time, as are baby supplies & new clothes, gifts and toys, food vouchers, gift cards, and any new traditional holiday supplies will be accepted at our Kwayatsut building, located at 2465 Fraser Street (at Broadway), Vancouver,  and has front desk staffing available 24/7.

Due to the overwhelming amount of donations already received, we are ONLY able to accept new and unused clothing, bedding or house hold items.

We thank you for your generosity to date and have enough used clothing and bedding for now.

At this time, what will be required long term is to assist tenants in refurnishing their entire households and rebuilding. This will be where the vast majority of funding will be needed.  The most effective method of support is to make a monetary offering in any amount possible for your situation. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL FORMS OF SUPPORT!

For assistance with gift donations, the demographics of the evacuees include:

Age Category Male Female
Under  18 10  (breakdown: 1, 3, 5, 5, 7, 8, 8, 10, 12, 17) 5  (breakdown: 0, 3, 7, 14, 17)
18-64 8 13
Over  65 2 9

On behalf of all of us at Vancouver Native Housing Society we THANK YOU for all your continued support!

Osieam,

Vancouver Native Housing Society Board and Staff

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Date: December 21, 2017

To: All Community Members

Update on Donations for Tenants Affected by the December 20th Fire

Thank you for all of your generous donations. If you wish to continue donating physical items we will only be accepting NEW and UNUSED items for our tenants.

We are no longer accepting clothing or bedding donations, as we have graciously received an overwhelming amount

Please drop off your physical donations at our Kwayatsut building:

2465 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC
V5T 0E5
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week

Kwayatsut will be open everyday over the Holidays, 24 hours per day.

We have already received a large variety of clothing and blankets, and encourage all incoming donations to cover unwrapped Holiday gifts (toys/items for teens), traditional medicines (sage, sweetgrass etc), baby/toddler products, and gift cards.

Any monetary donations can be made through our GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/emergency-funds-for-fire-victims

Thank you all for your continued support!

We hold our hands up.

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Date:  December 20, 2017

To:   Fire Evacuees

In the morning of December 20, 2017, a fire started in one of the suites in the building.  Fire fighters immediately responded and safely evacuated all residents and contained the fire.  Significant water damage has been sustained as a result.  Engineers will be assessing the structural safety of the building.  In the meantime, no one is allowed to enter the building.  City of Vancouver by-law officers have retrieved all pets.  We will provide information as to when tenants might be able to go back to their suites to access some of their personal belongings.  When more information will be available on the habitability of the building, we will immediately inform tenants.   .

In order to provide relocation as a result of this unfortunate event, VNHS and the COV Emergency Social Services has arranged for temporary lodging at the 2400 Motel located on 2400 Kingsway, Vancouver.  This lodging will be available for at least 72 hours.  We need to hear from various authorities as to the future status of the building.  We are also working with our friends at other social housing agencies to provide more permanent housing, if required.

VNHS will also provide emergency assistance to each tenant in the form of a cash card.  Each primary tenant is asked to proceed to the VNHS head office located at 1726 East Hastings to claim your card.  The cash card must be claimed by no later than 3:00pm on Dec. 22nd. Please be prepared to present identification.  Various agencies and individuals around Vancouver have contacted us offering support to provide supplies and services.  We will issue information more on this later.

Please write or email your property manager, Kevin Eaton (Keaton@vnhs.ca) or Margaret Go (mgo@vnhs.ca) to let us know what support you require.

Please make sure that the office has the current contact information &/or email for the primary tenant.

Please note that VNHS is doing everything we can to assist families affected by the fire.

We will be communicating to the tenants affected on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Vancouver-Native-Housing-Society-694011530799574

and Twitter:       www.twitter.com/vannative

Sincerely,

The Management of Vancouver Native Housing Society