Innovating with Communities
Urban Matters launches social ventures that help vulnerable people enjoy a higher quality of life.
Our team works with social entrepreneurs, governments and socially-conscious business leaders to introduce and scale social innovation in communities. We combine 40+ years of community development experience with social planning and social finance methodologies to achieve results. Change is hard — we can help.
Access to safe, secure and affordable housing is a massive pain point in many areas of Canada, but the stress in British Columbia these days is extreme. The reasons are varied; homeless counts are surging and rental vacancy rates have sunk to historic lows. Because of...read more
Enhancing Homeless Counts: New Strategies for the 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver – Housing Central Conference 2017
The Housing Central Conference is western Canada’s largest affordable housing gathering. This year the event is being held in Richmond, BC from November 19th to November 21st at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)...read more
Stan Leyenhorst was born into a big family in Richmond B.C. He had 11 siblings and grew up a hardworking kid on a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley. One summer night at the age of 16, the course of Stan’s life was forever altered when he dove into a friend’s backyard...read more
By Erin Welk, Civic Social Innovation Lead, Urban Matters What happens if those of us trying to support vulnerable people don’t see them? Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with a gentleman who is part of CMHA’s Housing First initiative here in...read more
By Trina Wamboldt, Community Catalyst It’s high time that the socio-economic status of Indigenous peoples in Canada becomes equal to that of non-Indigenous Canadians. While it seems that things are trending in the right direction with education, employment and income...read more
By Erin Welk, Civic Social Innovation Lead, Urban Matters Al Etmanski is an inspiring mentor for us at Urban Matters – as a poignant social change agent, he reminds us: “we do not live in a leaderless society. Our society is full of leaders who commit without fanfare,...read more