Home For
The Games

Local hosts and visitors coming together for home stays, celebration and a good cause.

Home For The Games

Home For The Games is a web-based system that matches Olympic Games visitors with Metro Vancouver hosts for short-term home stays. We help visitors find much-needed affordable accommodation. We create opportunities for hosts, who are willing to share at least 50% of their rental income, to share an unforgettable Olympic experience with guests from around the world while earning modest income.

At the same time, we assure both groups that at least 50% of their rental fee will go directly to registered charities helping Metro Vancouver's most vulnerable citizens. Hosts will receive a tax receipt for the portion of the rent that goes to charity.

Home For The Games has attracted institutional partners, a media sponsor and over $150,000 in donations and in-kind support. We are still accepting donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers who share this vision. Click on a Get Involved to learn about how you can participate in Home For The Games.

Home For The Games is a non-profit society registered in British Columbia.

Charity Beneficiaries

About Streetohome Foundation

Streetohome is a community-based foundation working to ensure that all Vancouver citizens have access to safe, decent and affordable housing by 2015. Streetohome operates on a "collaborative model" that encourages all members and sectors of the community to pool their energy and resources to tackle homelessness. Through Streetohome, key corporate leaders are joining with non-profits and governments to explore and implement solutions to homelessness. Current initiatives include funding and facilitating the creation of housing for people who are homeless, including supportive housing for homeless mothers and babies.

Funds raised through Home For The Games will support an innovative project to help address homelessness among people with mental illness spearheaded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The four-year pilot project will help them secure housing while ensuring they receive access to integrated treatment and services. For more information, visit www.streetohome.org

About Covenant House

Covenant House Vancouver exists for young people who often have no on else-people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have fled physical, emotional or sexual abuse or have been forced from their homes. Primarily privately funded, Covenant House relies on the generosity of over 50,000 individuals and organizations to provide shelter, food, clothing and counselling to over 2,000 young people each year.

Funds raised through Home For The Games will directly support the shelter housing these street-engaged youth. For more information visit www.covenanthousebc.org


Testimonials

  • "I'm proud to be donating my expertise to help raise awareness for Home For The Games. It's an amazing concept and we're creating a legacy of a different sort. Homelessness is a huge issue in Vancouver and Home For The Games is helping to address it while embracing the 2010 Winter Games."
    -Deena Tokaryk, Volunteer Marketing & Communications Coordinator