The Inner City Youth Program began in 2007 as a partnership between St Paul’s and Covenant House Vancouver. At the time, both organizations were concerned with the number of youth needing services and struggling to access them.
In 2012, Silver Wheaton announced a donation of $1.6 million dollars over 3 years, to expand services into the Downtown Eastside. In 2013, thanks to the support of the BC Provincial Government and its partners on the Provincial Mental Health Action Plan, the Inner City Youth Program- lead donor Silver Wheaton, was expanded and funding provided for a new storefront and a short-term, supported residential recovery program for ICY clients named Renfrew House.
The Inner City Youth Program has continued to partner with community organizations, to support youth to access the services they need, including housing and social services. Through these partnerships with both community organization and government agencies such as BC Housing, over eighty housing units have been earmarked for ICY youth and young adults.
It is our philosophy that by working together, we can maximize our community resources to better serve the needs of youth, and extend our care to those with mild and moderate mental health and substance use concerns before their illness impacts family, relationships, housing, education or vocation.