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Addressing Homelessness

Many donors like you want to help with homelessness crisis and feel the best way to do this to to give flexibility to the experts and advisors at Vancouver Foundation. By directing your gift to this focus area, you’re supporting projects that address the root causes of homelessness in our communities—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Addressing Homelessness fund supports, like this project:

Neighbourhood Love Letters

Youth in-and-from foster case are often disproportionately plagued by feelings of alienation and loneliness, and feel disconnected from the neighbourhood they live in. This is because foster care youth often live in multiple homes over the years.

In 2017, we received an application from Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association to provide an inclusive space for foster care youth to interact with other members of the community through informal chats, love letter scrapbooking, photo documentation and sidewalk art installations. Our Addressing Homelessness Advisors agreed that this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible a $10K grant that helped foster care youth build stronger neighbourhood connections, gain a sense of belonging, and create a tangible, beautiful record of inclusive communities.

Over the past five years, the Addressing Homelessness focus area has provided support to a range of leading charities including: Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society, PHS Community Services Society, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Federation of BC Youth in Care Network, Vancouver Aboriginal child and Family Services Society, and Abbotsford Community Services, among others. 

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Please contact any of our Donor Services staff to answer your questions, help you make a donation, set-up a fund, or support one of our focus areas.

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Calvin Fong
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Why support a focus area?

Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work. 


Many donors care about addressing homelessness, but you also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: