First Atira housed their clients, now they’re housing their staff — could other non-profits follow suit?

With the average one-bedroom apartment now costing Vancouverites $2,600 per month, co-operatives might hold the key to affordable housing

Why It Matters

Many employees at frontline community services organizations face the same barriers as their clients when it comes to affordable housing: a steeply rising cost of living and low wages. A first-of-its-kind staff co-op could offer an alternative housing model for organizations looking to support their workers.

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