Our History

With sixty-four years of history behind us, there have been a great number of people and organizations involved in acquiring the 27 income-based, rent-controlled buildings that the Housing Foundation owns and operates.

Following is a timeline snapshot of our work since 1951.


The Community Chest (now the United Way), and Council of Vancouver chaired by Dr. Gordon S. Fahrni, obtains commitments from various levels of government to assist with funding low-cost housing for senior citizens in the city of Vancouver.


The British Columbia Housing Foundation is incorporated as a provincial non-profit organization whose purpose is to plan, design, construct and manage low-cost housing for seniors.


The Coordinating Council of Lions Clubs and the Central Lions Club raise and donate $18,000 to the Foundation to purchase 3 acres of land and provide the capital for the first project. Two buildings were erected and the project was named Lions View.


Completion of 12 additional buildings at Lions View.


Lions Clubs donates seed money to purchase land to build Edward Byers House.


Edward Byers House opens.


Wallace Wilson House opens thanks to funding from an anonymous donor.


With the donation of land from the Burrard Lions Club, Burrard Manor is developed and opens.


Our first high rise, in the West End opens and is named after the Housing Foundation’s founder, Gordon Fahrni House.


The Ladies of the Loyal Orange Lodge initiated the development of the Loyal Orange Manor.


A joint venture between the Soroptomist Club and the Lions Club resulted in the construction of the Soroptimist Lions Manor.


A project for the Western Institute of the Deaf, with support and initial funding by the Kings Daughters group led to the opening of Kings Daughters Manor.


Moreland Kennedy House is built with seed money and land from the Kitsilano United Church.


Alice Saunders House opens.


Negotiations begin with the municipal, provincial and federal governments to redevelop the original, and aging, Lions View buildings.


The partnership with the BC and federal governments sees the development of Wilson Heights Manor on land leased from the Wilson Heights United Church and an expansion of the Foundation’s mandate to include families and people with disabilities.


A partnership with Concord Pacific facilitated the development of Bridgeview Place, accommodating both seniors and families.


Lions View Building I opens.


Lions View Building II opens.


The First Lutheran Church donated land to build a family housing project and day care space called the First Lutheran Court.


Lions View Building III opens. Using partial proceeds from the sale of part of the 3 acre Lions View land, this building is developed without government support so the property can house seniors who do not qualify for low-income government subsidized housing. Lower income seniors can access the SAFER grant.


The Foundation pays out all of the CMHC mortgages on its original properties built between 1962 and 1977, allowing HFBC to move tenants to a rent-geared-to-income rent structure that created a surplus operating balance. This was used to create and to maintain the New Sites/Redevelopment Fund.


Land leased from the City of Vancouver allows the development of Muir Manor, a family housing project.


The Foundation purchased a market rental building, Harwood Manor with its own New Site/Redevelopment Fund and a $1.7 million mortgage. As tenants moved out, units were converted to rent-geared-to-income suites for mature residents.


Coleopy Park was redeveloped in 1993 by its original owners, the BC Corp of Commissionaires.  As this was their only housing project and not their core business, ownership was transferred to HFBC.


Florence Manor was purchased by the Foundation with funds from its New Sites/Redevelopment Fund and converted units to rent-controlled suites for mature residents as the market tenants moved out.


Glynn Manor was opened on land leased from the City of Vancouver to provide housing to younger people with barriers to employment.


Arbutus Court was purchased with funds from the New Sites/Redevelopment Fund and a mortgage. The building has been converted to rent-controlled housing as market tenants move out.


Ken Wright Manor was purchased with funds from the New Sites/Redevelopment Fund and a mortgage. The building has been converted to rent-controlled housing as market tenants move out.


Magnolo Manor was purchased with funds from the New Sites/Redevelopment Fund and a mortgage. The building has been converted to rent-controlled housing as market tenants move out.


Londonderry was purchased with funds from the New Sites/Redevelopment Fund, a mortgage was acquired and grants totaling $250,000 were received from the City of Vancouver and the province.


The Foundation purchased a 46-unit apartment building. The Board of Directors agreed that the building would be named MacLeod Manor in honour of then Executive Director, Barbara (MacLeod) Bacon.


Brightside was asked to manage the Mount Pleasant apartments, previously owned by the Mount Pleasant Housing Society and operated by the Mount Pleasant Lions Club.


Collingwood Tower, a 78-unit high rise built in 1977, was previously operated as affordable housing by the J.W. Smith Foundation until it was transferred to HFBC in 2013. Located on leased land owned by the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, HFBC was able to purchase the land as well.