New Chelsea Society became the owner and operator of Stamps Place in April 2016.
The property had previously been directly managed by BC Housing. Through a Request For Proposals (RFP) process, related to the provincial government’s Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program, several non profit housing societies in the community put in bids.
New Chelsea Society was the successful proponent.
Prior to adding Stamps to their Portfolio New Chelsea successfully operated 1,056 units of social housing, at 19 property locations throughout the lower mainland – in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Surrey.
The transfer of Stamps Place to New Chelsea Society happened during the Syrian crisis.
New Chelsea Society created the opportunity to house over twenty-five Syrian families that were new to Canada. Stamps Place has been home to generations of Indigenous families for many years. New Chelsea was thrilled to bring these two communities together. We had to look at ways to re-invent what diversity and community meant to our tenants; as well as within our organization.
In April of 2018, the Society secured funds to hire a dedicated Resident Services Co-ordinator for the Stamps Place community. We wanted someone who reflected the values of New Chelsea Society, as well someone who could successfully create new pathways to enable us to connect with, and support, those marginalized in our housing community. New Chelsea Society operates 376 homes at Stamps Place.
We welcome, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our Stamps Place community.
Through our 65 years in providing safe and secure housing to those in need, we have come to realize that all people have a right to safe, affordable housing.
However, for women it is essential.
It allows them to live their best life; free of violence: it also allows their children to realize their full potential.
Our motto is Housing with Heart, and our intention is to demonstrate that through supporting Feminist Deliver.