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Coquitlam Council Approves First AHRF Disbursement

At its regular meeting on May 2nd, 2016, Coquitlam Council approved a disbursement of $600,000 from the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to help the Talitha Koum Society expand its existing housing and support services by purchasing a second home in Coquitlam.

Talitha Koum is a non-denominational registered non-profit society which has been providing since 2001 a home, food, programming, counselling, training and other forms of support to women with addictions and their children. In 2012, Talitha Koum moved their services to Coquitlam from Vancouver and now operate solely in Coquitlam. The Society currently provides 9 beds for women with addictions and their children – the second home to be purchased by Talitha Koum will double capacity to 18 beds.

This project is significant not only because it will increase sorely-needed capacity to provide residential recovery programming for women with addictions while retaining custody of their children, but also because it will be the inaugural disbursement from Coquitlam’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund.

For more information on Talitha Koum, visit http://talithakoumsociety.org.

The City of Coquitlam’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund (AHRF) is an important tool for contributing towards potential affordable housing solutions in Coquitlam. It will act as the City’s financial contribution towards increasing the supply of housing options for low and low-to-moderate income households. For more information on the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund, visit http://www.coquitlam.ca/docs/default-source/community-planning-documents/coquitlam-s-affordable-housing-reserve-fund.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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