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On the eastern edge of the Downtown Eastside, Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre has been providing support, services, and a place for East Side families since 1976.
For forty years, Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre has been serving the Downtown Eastside and some of our city’s most vulnerable populations. Over 18,500 people live in the Downtown Eastside, more than half are low income, dependent on welfare support, pensions, charitable and/or social services.
Ray-Cam is one of Vancouver’s highest membership, most frequently used community centres — a welcoming, family-oriented, safe space, with recreation and programming for people of all income levels, including youth, seniors, new immigrants, and indigenous residents. Over 700 volunteers take an active role in decision-making and staffing, along with program and service delivery for over 6,000 members.
The Ray-Cam site is was formally dedicated to the community in perpetuity by original site owner Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. It is now retained by BC Housing. The facilities are jointly managed by the Ray-Cam Cooperative and the City of Vancouver under the Park Board. Through recent local area planning and rezoning, Ray-Cam’s aging two-story site is now potentially developable at 6.0 FSR and up to twelve storeys.
The Ray-Cam Renewal Plan represents almost three years of visioning and productive collaboration between our Renewal team and stakeholders including community, staff, potential partners, and professional consultants.
A renewed Ray-Cam envisions a neighbourhood centre with services and housing to meet the needs of the local population. A fully inclusive multi-generational community, with social and rental housing affordable for local residents. Expanded recreational, child care, seniors, local health and youth programs. Facilities for partner organizations, NGO’s, and local startup enterprises; and potential leasable space for local serving businesses.