the budzey

The Budzey is unique to both Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and to RainCity Housing. It provides opportunities for women and families living there to make connections with a comprehensive range of services and navigate the change from previous housing situations or homelessness into stable, supported, permanent housing.

THE PURPOSE

To provide housing for women (Trans, Cis and Gender Diverse), and for women led families.

WHO IS INVOLVED

While there are 147 units in the building, there are well over 200 people that live there, as families change and grow. Since opening in July 2015, many newborns have come from hospital to the Budzey – their first home!

WHAT IT IS

A ten story building with 106 studio suites for women and 41 family units (1, 2 and 3 bedroom) for women led families. Staff focus on activities that will strengthen the community and provide services like:

  • Liaising with community services and partners;
  • Peer based programming;
  • Community kitchen nights for women and families

This project uses a gender and diversity lens that supports an inclusive, safe and vibrant community, making it possible for everyone living at the Budzey to flourish.

The Budzey is named after Lorna Budzey who was one of the first individuals to challenge RainCity Housing to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone we work with. Lorna died in the summer of 2000.

CONTACT THE BUDZEY

Nikki Scott
Family Program Manager
604.215.5703
nscott@raincityhousing.org

Caitlin Manicom
Studio Program Manager
604.215.5703
cmanicom@raincityhousing.org

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