Vancouver Native Housing Society gratefully operates on the shared unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Vancouver Native Housing Society is made up of an all Indigenous Board of Directors and a team of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff. VNHS currently operates 18 subsidized rental buildings in Vancouver’s Grandview Woodlands, Mount Pleasant and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods. VNHS operates residential family buildings, supportive housing buildings, and one Artist in Residence program.
Innovation, Subsidy Funding, and Social Enterprise
Skwachàys Lodge combined with the street level Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery uses a Social Enterprise model to fund supportive housing. Instead of taxpayer dollars and government funding providing the ongoing monthly subsidy for 24 Indigenous artists live/work studios, the funds come from the operation of these two social purpose businesses.
Through our social enterprise, we utilize art, hospitality, and entrepreneurial ventures as a proactive agent of change to promote community economic development and self-reliance.
To learn more about Skwachàys Lodge and our Artists in Residence Program, please visit www.skwachays.ca