PCRS housing programs help vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to maintain stable housing.
Through street outreach, housing searches, and placement services we are committed to ending homelessness in our communities. We believe that access to safe housing is a basic right, and we provide homes to hundreds of people across multiple housing sites throughout the Lower Mainland.
Cora is currently a student at the PCRS East Vancouver Education Centre (EVEC) and has been for most of her secondary school years. Cora is a kind, helpful student who has been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and this challenged her ability to regularly attend school.
The teachers at EVEC worked with Cora and created a plan to help her graduate. On the road to graduation, Cora was struggling with home dynamics with her family so she eventually decided that she needed to move out. To further complicate the situation, Cora also received news that she was pregnant. Cora found support from youth workers at EVEC, the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC), and the Vancouver Youth Housing Program. The youth workers collaborated with each other and with Cora to provide wrap-around supports during this critical time. Cora successfully graduated from high school and is now living in one of PCRS’ new laneway houses that are dedicated to pregnant and young parenting youth. Cora is still connected to staff at EVEC and BYRC and she is happy in her new home. Cora is getting ready to have her child and has a support system as she continues to transition into adulthood and parenthood.