Cool Aid’s Housing Development Plan

Click to find out the cost of ending homelessness in our community, and how you can help.Homelessness touches many lives at a significant cost to communities.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been a key player in the work to end homelessness in the Capital Region for decades and is taking a lead role in developing 360 more apartments for people who are currently homeless.

Every apartment we build will house someone who has been homeless, give them a place to grow, and save governments $18,000 per year, per person in costs, primarily by reducing expensive health care and emergency services needed by people who are homeless.

Building this new housing will save lives and save costs. It’s the right thing to do, from an economic, social and community perspective.

Read and share some of the brochures to learn more about how Cool Aid, with your help, will build 360 more apartments for people who have been homeless:

> One page brief
> Campaign Update, January 2015
> 14-Page Overview (Case for Support)
> Cottage Grove: 45 apartments for seniors in Saanich
> Dr. Joe Haegert Centre: 101 apartments with extra supports
> Cedar Grove: 60 apartments to Help End Homelessness
> Recognition Opportunities for major gift donors

Who supports Cool Aid’s building plan to Help End Homelessness?

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Victoria Chief of Police, Frank Elsner
Downtown Residents Association
Downtown Victoria Business Association

The volunteer Campaign Cabinet and Advisory Council, who are leading the efforts to raise $5 million locally, include the following community leaders:

  • Rob Reid (Chair), Frontrunners, New Balance
  • Michael Bloomfield, Harmony Foundation
  • Frank Bourree, Chemistry Consulting
  • Peter Ciceri, Oak Bay Marine Group
  • Brad Clark, Raymond James
  • Maureen Duncan, retired CEO, United Way of Greater Victoria
  • Chief Frank Elsner, VicPD
  • Helen Hughes, retired Victoria City Councillor
  • Ted Hughes, retired Judge, former co-chair, Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Tony Joe, RE/MAX Camosun, former co-chair, Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Rev. Ian Powell, Inn at Laurel Point and Paul’s Restaurants
  • Naz Rayani, Heart Pharmacies
  • Sandy Richardson, Victoria Foundation
  • Kathy Stinson, Victoria Cool Aid Society

Since 1991, the Victoria Cool Aid Society has provided housing for thousands of people who have been homeless. In addition to its ten supportive housing complexes, Cool Aid operates three emergency shelters, the Access Health Centre which provides primary health and dental care to 4,000 patients, the Downtown Community Centre, and REES, a mental health support and employment centre.

In the past ten years, the Society has successfully opened nine new buildings whose programs are all fully funded and operating. With the help of the community, we are prepared to open another apartment building or two per year to help end homelessness by 2018.

While the exact number of people who are homeless is not known, there were approximately 1,200 individuals living in temporary accommodation in February 2012 in Greater Victoria and an additional 35 individuals turned away on the night of the homeless count. In 2012, by way of its Housing Procurement Action Plan, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness called for the creation of new housing for approximately 1,000 people who are homeless.

Cool Aid is committed to responding to this call by providing housing for 360 men and women who are presently without homes in Greater Victoria.

To achieve this, Cool Aid’s plan is to raise $5 million from individuals, foundations and businesses to build and re‐purpose six or more new supportive housing buildings by 2018.