News & Updates

SPRE at Housing Central Conference with 10 Bursary Recipients and session on Enhancing Mission, Capital And Operations with SPRE Partnerships

The culmination of several major presentations on social purpose real estate in 2017, SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen, Jordan Brown, Central City Foundation's Jennifer Johnstone and BC Housing's Karen Hemmingson will be at Housing Central, Nov 20, 2017

Vancouver - North America's Least Affordable Housing City, Vancouver Sun, Nov 6

When housing real estate markets are out of reach... similar context can affect non profits and social enterprises...

Feature your space with SPRE

The SPRE Collaborative is collecting information social purpose real estate projects and spaces in order to better our understanding of the resources and tools needed to support organizations in creating a social purpose space/facility. This data will be used for advocacy and awareness building in and outside the sector including profiling projects on the SPRE website. 

Please take a moment to complete our survey at https://form.jotform.com/71655641656261.The survey takes ~15 minutes to complete and we are asking for a few photos to include on the website.

We hope you can join us in the movement to preserve existing and create new space for non-profits and social in BC!

Our Website is Changing!

2017 has been a year of growth for SPRE. Watch our website grow with a refreshed look and new content and updates. Check back for resources and tools and sign up to stay in touch.

Keeping Community Owned Assets in Community Hands

From meeting and program spaces for Boy Scouts and service clubs to any variety of health, social, childcare and arts spaces, lodges, halls and faith based sites are vital community assets and valuable social purpose real estate.

Ryerson United delivers social purpose real estate community space and social housing

Heritage upgrades to the sanctuary, improvements for the cultural use (Ryerson is a major performance venue for the Vancouver choral community), new community spaces (rehearsal, non profit offices, community meeting space) and social housing!

Faith based sites teaming up with non profit developer to create affordable housing

Using existing community owned assets, Vancouver's Oakridge Lutheran Church and Catalyst Development maximize options for affordable housing

Housing Central Bursary Recipients Announced

With thanks to the Real Estate Foundation of BC, City of Vancouver Social Policy and Projects and Vancity Community Foundation, 10 individuals/organizations involved in social purpose real estate will be attending BC’s only non-profit real estate conference put on by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Congratulations to the 2017 recipients:

  • First United Shelter - Stephen Bell
  • Fraserside Community Services Society - Lynda Edmonds
  • Westend Seniors' Network - Karsten Kaemling 
  • Tyee Housing Co-operative - Michael Hawkins 
  • Société Maison de la Francophonie - Catherine Tableau
  • Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House - Tanya Fink 
  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre - Sandy Biggerstaff 
  • Healing Spirit Lodge Society - Olivia Jim 
  • Cowichan Green Community - Judy Stafford
  • Aunt Leah's Place - Alex Tokiwa