Housing Provider of the Year Award


2019 Award Recipient: Umbrella Society of Addictions and Mental Health

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BCNPHA is proud to have launched the Housing Provider of the Year Award in 2015, which recognizes an innovative non-profit housing provider that responds to an environmental, operational or community challenge.

2019 Award Recipient: Umbrella Society of Addictions and Mental Health  

Umbrella’s main housing innovation has focused on creating safety protocols around substance relapse. Typically when a person in a recovery house relapses, they not only lose their house but also their community, their safety net, and their support. By creating and implementing relapse safety protocols, we are not only able to protect the safety of the residents, including the individual who relapses but we are also able to provide continuity of care that sees the person who relapsed safely re-integrated into the house if that is their choice. We know people are more likely to overdose if they have been abstinent before use. But putting together a safety protocol, we reduce the stigma related to relapse and create a path of return to recovery.

The 2019 award is generously sponsored by:

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The nominated organization must be a BCNPHA member (housing provider) and will be considered on the following areas:

• Offers services that go beyond housing and/or work to prevent and end homelessness locally. Houses people who have been poorly served by other approaches to housing.
• Successfully advocates for the development of new non-profit housing.
• Builds a strong tenant community and community partnerships.
• Has a strong, positive, motivational impact on their staff.
• Develops new ways to manage more effectively or efficiently.
• Demonstrates originality and innovation.
• Demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of BC’s non-profit housing sector.
• Has evidence of the impact the initiative has had on individuals, the community, the environment and/or the organization.
• Has created, individually or in partnership, a unique program or service response to a challenge facing the society or its tenants, community or physical environment.
• Has implemented a program or service response that can serve as a model for other non-profit housing providers.

Previous Recipients:

2018 Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Nanaimo

2017 YWCA Metro Vancouver, Vancouver

2016 Society of Hope, Kelowna

2015 Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Victoria

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