Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the building?

  • 9 Storeys, 150,000 square ft
  • 300 Year-Round Beds
    • Emergency Shelters
      • 134 Year Round Beds + 50 Season Mats
    • 48 Treatment Beds for Men
    • 22 Treatment Beds for Women
    • 46 Affordable Housing Units
    • 50 Single Rooms for Community Residential Facility
  • Community Meal Program
  • Outreach Services
  • Pastoral Care
  • Vocational Training

What is the Project Cost?

Total Project………………………………………………………. $100M

How will you raise the funds?

This project has strong support from all levels of government,
community partners and stakeholders.

  • Salvation Army Investment………………………….. $31M

(includes our land contribution)

  • Government Investment……………………………… $46M
  • Capital Campaign ………………………………………. $20M

*Numbers will vary slightly over the course of the project.

When will the building open?

  • Demolition will begin in the fall of 2021
  • Doors open in the summer of 2024

Was there a consultation process?

The process has been one of due diligence and consultation over the past five years with internal and external audiences, including provincial and municipal governments, neighbours and neighbourhood groups, social service partners, indigenous leaders and the public.

Will you still offer services?

Yes. We will continue to serve our clients and the community during construction through our building on the north side. Our emergency shelters are being relocated within the neighbourhood in order to continue that service.

How will this impact the Neighbourhood?

We’re committed to maintaining the integrity of the neighborhood – in doing so we have developed a facility that will have several benefits to the community and our neighbours:

• More people in the community will get the help they need – the help they deserve.

• A building that is visually appealing, welcoming, and keeping with the Gastown heritage and design.

• Increased capacity means we will be able to offer meeting space and other amenities for our neighbours and the community.

• Street-level access to our neighbours business will improve as sidewalk flow improves with reduced community meal line-ups outside the building.

• Our new design will increase safety, reduced vandalism, and be a serve as a higher deterrent to crime due to better lighting, video surveillance, and controlled access with security patrols.

How will this Project help homeless women dealing with addiction?

• The New Vancouver Harbour Light allows The Salvation Army to reprise and revitalize the Homestead Program with the creation of 22 addiction stabilization and treatment beds – all exclusively for women.

• The new Women’s Treatment Program will feature warm and welcoming spaces, a private serenity garden, quiet areas for healing and reflection, and 24-hour support staff.

How will this project help homeless men recover from addictions?

• The New Vancouver Harbour Light will allow men to choose the path from homelessness and addictions that will work best for them in a Continuum-of-Care model all under one roof.

• Most importantly, it will provide residents with a positive living experience in the company of others who share a similar journey, and the opportunity to be part of a broader community.