Eleven families and individuals who are at risk of being homeless, are living in shelters or are disabled but independent, will have a place to live after the opening of a subsidized apartment in Marpole.
The Dany Guincher House officially opened yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Finance Minister and Vancouver-Langara MLA Carole Taylor.
Rozanne Kipnes, co-chair of Tikva Housing Society, said integrating support services with housing helps people move toward more secure housing, greater self-reliance and better employment.
Celeste Munro, a resident of the Dany Guincher House since January, said she found herself living in shelters after her roommate suddenly moved out and her furniture, which she’d placed in storage, was stolen.
“I was left with nothing, and no place to live,” Munro said. “Life became very barren and bleak.”
She said finding a spot in the Dany Guincher House was a dream come true.
“The stress of homelessness is not the way I’d ever thought my life could go. It can happen to anyone with low income.”