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RECOVERY from mental illness is possible ... with safe and affordable housing and appropriate supports.

Affordable housing for the mentally ill

Since there is a shortage of affordable housing for the people with mental illness, the Government should expand the number of safe, affordable independent housing units in order make recovery possible.


The Federal Government should increase the funding for provincial governments and non-profit groups to provide housing for the mentally ill.

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Out with 2010 and in with 2011!


Starting in January, Dreamweaver opens  – under a very tight timeline, Coast’s new Riverview based program opened to women who have completed their initial treatment for addictions and mental and primary health concerns at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions. A second 22 bed men’s program eventually named “Reason’s Way” opened in May completing at least for the moment, Coast’s new Concurrent Disorders Transitional Program.

Dunbar Apartments

Also in January, Dunbar Apartments began with a Sod-turning Ceremony – it’s 51 units opened this summer.

Pender Apartments

Olympic fever hits Vancouver in February and Coast is well represented – our “clean team” is featured in the major media.

Pender Apartments start construction in March on way to being a 9 story, 96 unit building which will open in May, 2011.

St. Helen’s Hotel

In April, the St. Helen’s Hotel begins full operation after extensive renovations and finally funding from BC Housing to provide Operating funding for Coast’s tenant support.  It has evolved to an innovative partnership involving many partners and providing supportive, low barrier housing for 86 tenants.

13th Annual Courage to Come Back Awards

The 13th Annual Courage to Come Back Awards are the highlight in May.  The sold-out event at the Hyatt earned over $740,000 in support of Coast’s services

CMHC National Housing Award

In November, Coast’s Doug Story Apartments receives a CMHC National Housing Award for innovation in Affordable Housing in Ottawa!

Employee Recognition Awards Dinner

Also in November we had our Employee Recognition Awards Dinner which honoured several staff for reaching employment milestones at Coast.


As you can see 2010 was a very busy year.   [This summary] just scratches the surface of all the activities that are happening around Coast every day of the year and really does not speak to the day in and day out work that truly promotes recovery of persons with mental illnesses.
I know many of us were able to take a bit of a break over the holiday season, this was only made possible by the many staff who worked around the clock providing service to our clients – a special thanks goes out to you!

I hope you have a healthy and happy 2011!

Darrell Burnham