Salsbury Community Society operates affordable supportive housing communities seeking to be a sign that love and community are possible between all people. We educate and nurture those living in intentional community and those curious about it.
Why we do it
People need more than a bed and a roof
Loneliness is a universal human experience
Housing can make a big difference in how people experience social isolation
It is possible for Vancouverites to have affordable non-profit housing and not be warehoused or segregated
A diverse community, with a supportive landlord, CAN nurture a sense of belonging
We recognize the goodness of building community across difference
Salsbury Community Society (SCS) seeks to be a different kind of landlord.
Grounded in relationships more than social services, we operate small scale and medium density housing that emerges out of neighbourhood partnerships. We care deeply about our tenants and their flourishing in community, the sustainability of the buildings, and the well-being of staff. Through shared decision-making, good governance, accessible training, principled policy making, and stewardship of our building(s) and staff, SCS strives to nurture neighbourliness.
We know that when trust is high amongst neighbours, fewer calls are made to emergency services and property crime decreases. We’ve seen how frequent positive neighbour-to- neighbour interactions decreases anxiety and depression. When tenants love their home and their neighbours, not only individuals, but the wider community often benefits.
We currently operate the Co:Here housing community, an apartment with 26 homes, in East Vancouver because we believe the Big Picture requires thinking outside the box. We are looking for new opportunities to operate small scale housing. Please reach out to us if you want to learn more.
We offer tours to groups and organizations interested in learning more about our space at Co:Here! Tours can be organized by contacting us directly with your request.
“You rarely rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
- James Clear
Drawing on our experience, we’ve launched a consulting service for those seeking to unlock connection and belonging for tenants and staff. SCS Consultants will help you consider how your operating systems can be improved to drive connection between people.
Services we provide are helping you consider how the physical space can optimize connection, how your housing application design and intake process can set folks up for success, as well as assist you in setting up the systems and policies that support a more connected community.
"Jeanette is professional, reliable, and has a good understanding of the work. She was able to set directions for the project, keep us up to date on progress. She was approachable and has good communication skills" - Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
"We would hire Salsbury again. The work they provided us was comprehensive and gives us a good overview of where we are at and where we could go next" - Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
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