VANCOUVER – The Vivian has officially reopened to provide 24-units of housing for homeless women and women at risk of homelessness, and who have mental health and addiction disorders.
The $1.3-million capital project is a result of partnerships between the Province, health authority and local non-profit societies. The Vivian originally opened in 2004 but closed after a serious fire in May 2006.
The Vivian’s operator, the Triage Emergency Services & Care Society, began renovating the building in November 2006. Renovations were made possible by the insurance proceeds and additional donations from Triage and the Vivian Grace Ash Benevolent Society. In March 2007, the provincial government committed $772,000 towards the project and the final renovations were completed this month.