Historic Groundbreaking: Soroptimist International of Vancouver Unveils First-Ever Women-Designed Affordable Housing Project in North America

Soropitimist Housing Committee members: Carla Busnardo (left), Janet Law (center), Lenore Riddell (second from the right)

December 2, 2023 (Soroptimist International of Vancouver) A group of women from seven Soroptimist clubs in Western Canada, representatives from three levels of government, BC Housing, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the project development company gathered at the site of 550 West 11th Avenue (formerly 465 West 13th Avenue) on Friday, December 1st, 2023, to cheer and celebrate the groundbreaking event for the first-ever women-designed and -developed affordable housing project in North America.

Since 1926, Soroptimist International of Vancouver has served local community to support and improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

“The members back in the day, when women could not have a mortgage, they found a way, they fundraised, they bought land, they built building – the house women. In 1926 when Soroptimist Vancouver club was chartered, it was recognized immediately that there was a housing crisis. Look how long it has been, and it still has been a housing crisis. Yes, we are on our way, and we have a lot of work to do. Those women who made possible for us to redevelop this building by having it in the first place. So in the spirit or with their spirits of all the past members who participated in this project along the life time of this building, I give them my thanks,” spoken by Carla Busnardo, the President of Soroptimist International of Vancouver and the head of SI Vancouver’s Housing Committee.

The project will bring 135 affordable housing units for working women, female elders, and female-led families, and is scheduled to be completed in 2026. The construction site is located near the Vancouver City Hall SkyTrain Station and is also part of the City of Vancouver’s Broadway Plan, which aims to provide affordable housing with convenient commuting.

For details about the ‘Housing for Women by Women’ project, visit: https://www.soroptimistvancouver.org/housing-for-women-by-women/

To know more about Soroptimist International of Vancouver, visit: https://www.soroptimistvancouver.org

Members from 7 Soroptimist Clubs in Western Canada joined the groundbreaking event

With excitement, Soroptimist member, Shelly Moffat, held up the signs she made to celebrate the groundbreaking

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