City of Vancouver shares six-month report on first Safe Stay Community

With the help of funding from the City of Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund, the City opened its first Safe Stay Community located at 11400 NE 51st Circle on city-owned right of way, on Dec. 23, 2021. More than six months later, it continues to provide the most vulnerable in our community with comfortable, dry and secure surroundings and access to high-quality, compassionate healthcare and social services while they work to transition out of homelessness.

The City has developed a report summarizing the Community’s key accomplishments and services Safe Stay Community residents received in its first six months of operation (Dec. 23, 2021 – June 30, 2022). 

Key accomplishments include: 

  • 74 referrals made to partner agencies for medical and mental health care, education, employment, housing, pet car and other benefits assistance 
  • 14 people were transitioned to housing 
  • 30% reduction in police calls and officer-initiated visits within a 500-foot radius of the community compared to the same time last year 
  • 9.6% reduction in Fire/EMS calls to the community address compared to the same time last year

View the report.

Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.