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Streetohome raises $26.5m for Vancouver housing

When Anthony Coyle left his group home for a new place at Vancouver’s Sanford Apartments, he got the chance to live in his own space for the first time.

“It’s been a big stepping stone for me,” the 25-year-old said Thursday as Streetohome, the organization responsible for his housing, announced it has raised $26.5 million to help stop homelessness.

Since Coyle moved in last summer, he landed a job at a film-training program.

Streetohome committed $20 million to the province and the city to build nearly 950 units of supportive housing on eight sites across Vancouver. Sanford, which houses 62 people, opened in 2012. Two buildings will open this year and the remaining five in 2014.

The partnership has helped the city move closer towards the goal of ending street homelessness by 2015, Mayor Gregor Robertson said at the event.

The rest of the money will be used for other projects such as the Vancouver Rent Bank, the Aboriginal Mother Centre and HEAT shelters.

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