Identifying the Need
A City of Vancouver study in 2003 estimated
that 6,314 single room accommodation units are contained in the
In keeping with life expectancy levels in the community, Vancouver Second Mile Society
considers anyone who is 45 years old to be a senior. Various poverty issues including inadequate housing, complex
health issues, isolation and lack of access to good nutrition results in the older years being particularly
difficult for community members.
- A typical SRA unit consists of one
room about ten by ten feet, with no private bathroom and no
cooking facilities only one bed and one sink.
- This is where seniors spend 80% of
- One senior described his room as a
“jail cell with no bars”.
- 60% of a seniors monthly income goes
towards rent, whereas the average person spends up to 30%.
- The shelter component of BC Employment Assistance tends to limit rent increases to $375 and the average rent in the hotels is $375-$400.