CHF BC Scholarship application online now! - February 1, 2016

CHF BC Scholarship application online now!

Since 2012 we have awarded ten scholarships from the CHF BC Scholarship Fund  to students living in CHF BC member housing co-ops. Help us spread the word this year to students graduating from high school and planning to enroll in a college, university, or apprenticeship program; students already enrolled in a college, university or apprenticeship program; and students returning to school after a break in their education. 

Applications must be received in CHF BC's Vancouver office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.


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UPDATE: News for co-ops wanting to offer help Syrian refugees

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood of Vancouver is working with a group of Syrian refugee families currently housed in a local motel.  CNH asks co-ops in the neighbourhood – or nearby – if they can offer housing and/or provide urgently needed meeting space to support CNH in its work with these families.  Please contact Marcela Mancilla-Fuller, Settlement Coordinator, at 604-435-0323 x229 or

Background and ways co-ops can help:

The Syrian refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian disaster in recent international memory, and housing co-ops here in BC and all across Canada are asking what they can do to help.

We can expect up to 2,500 government-assisted refugees to arrive in British Columbia by March. While there are systems in place to offer immediate assistance when they arrive, affordable long-term housing is in short supply and is now the most urgent need. Co-ops and co-op members can help in many different ways. For more information on this crisis, including what you can do, visit the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC).
And if you are a Vancity member, check out their information on supporting refugees.
Refugees are eligible for housing assistance equivalent to the maximum BC Social Assistance Shelter Allowances for one year.

CHF BC can help by providing more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have space to share or housing to offer a Syrian refugee family or individual, contact ISSofBC directly to discuss what might be possible.