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Vancouver’s affordability crisis is keeping many people struggling with mental health, poverty, and addiction in a state of homelessness. Vacancy rates are lower than ever. “Renovictions” are increasing as gentrification eats up affordable housing. Income assistance has yet to increase, and shelters are filled to capacity. As cold weather lingers, safe spaces to sleep during the night remain difficult to find.

With the support of donors like BOMA and the dedication of many volunteers, Union Gospel Mission’s (UGM) various programs are helping eradicate homelessness, poverty, and addiction. UGM is an urban relief mission which has been serving the people of the Downtown Eastside--the poorest and roughest neighborhood in Vancouver--for over 75 years.

Whether a man is struggling with addiction, a child is in need of homework help, a woman coming from a past of abuse is looking for genuine care and love, an individual is working to complete his or her GED, or a single parent is having trouble affording nutritious food for their family, UGM works to meet and serve people where they are at.

This winter alone, UGM expects to serve 59,000 meals, provide 9,900 nights of warm, safe shelter, and give over 75 people the opportunity to enroll in our Recovery Programs. The winter season is one of the hardest for the homeless – and thanks to BOMA’s support, UGM will be there to provide critically needed support.

Kevin struggled with addiction, poverty, and homelessness before he came to UGM. Today, thanks to the support of partners like BOMA, he has been sober for over 10 years, is a loving father and husband, and works for social and economic change with low-income communities in Cambodia.

Together, we can change lives. Thank you, BOMA, for your compassionate support!

To learn more about how to partner with UGM to care for our community, contact corporategiving@ugm.ca or visit www.ugm.ca.

Article provided by the Union Gospel Mission.