With many decades of history behind us, Brightside has had the privilege of working with a great number of people and organizations over the years to get us to where we are today. With 26 buildings throughout Vancouver owned and operated by Brightside, we continue to build on the legacy of affordable homes as we continue to increase the number of affordable rental homes for Vancouver seniors, families, and people with disabilities.
The 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 King’s Daughters group, led to the opening of King’s 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 B.C. 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 daycare space called the First Lutheran Court.
Lions View Building III opens. Using partial proceeds from the sale of part of the three-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 Housing Foundation of BC (HFBC) pays out all of the CMHC mortgages on its original properties built between 1962 and 1977, allowing the Foundation 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 and 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 Sites and Redevelopment Fund and a $1.7 million mortgage. As tenants moved out, units were converted to rent-geared-to-income suites for seniors.
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 and Redevelopment Fund and converted units to rent-controlled suites for seniors 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.
British Columbia Housing Foundation changes name to HFBC Housing Foundation in January, 2002.
Arbutus Court was purchased with funds from the New Sites and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.
HFBC 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.
With the same mandate but much larger community impact, including families and people with disabilities, the organization rebranded as Brightside Community Homes Foundation to better reflect its mission.
Brightside receives unanimous approval from Vancouver City Council for rezoning application at 1425/1451 East 12th Avenue.
Brightside receives unanimous approval at Public Hearing for the redevelopment proposal at 2924 Venables in Hastings-Sunrise, followed by another approval for the 349 E 6th Ave development proposal in Mount Pleasant.
Brightside receives unanimous approval for 8725 French Street in Marpole – the fourth of four approvals at public hearings in under 12 months.
Brightside commemorates 70 years of providing affordable homes.