YYJ Healthcare Workers Housing.

A volunteer project designed to connect property owners with healthcare workers that are looking for short-term housing during the Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria, BC. Specifically, we are looking for property owners that have available furnished suites. We are providing listings to healthcare workers on a daily basis.

This project started out of a social media plea made by a front-line nurse at Royal Jubilee with children who was unable to find alternate housing during the outbreak to keep her family safely distanced. 

We suggest rent to be pro-rated weekly to avoid putting a burden on health care workers that are having to pay for their regular mortgage or rent in addition to the cost of separate housing. The cost is a compromise between market rent, and the price that staff can reasonably afford. Our suggested guideline for cost is $1000/month for a place that has two beds, inclusive of all utilities. In this example, it could house two healthcare workers at a cost of $500 each per month. 

Please note the team that runs this service has not done any due diligence on any of the offers. We are simply an information service and it is up to each party to meet and screen anyone they would like to enter into an agreement with.

For Property Owners

  1. Fill in the Google Form with your pertinent property information and wait for calls or emails from health care workers.

    Properties must be furnished with a separate entry and wifi, and available at a significantly reduced cost during this exceptional time. Ideally, properties will have laundry available and be within a short commute of a major healthcare facility.

  2. When your listing is filled or you’d like to pull your opening, email carehousingvictoria@gmail.com with the phrase “Listing Complete” in the email subject line. In the body of the email, let us know your name and listing to remove.

    If you need to amend your listing for any reason, email carehousingvictoria@gmail.com with the phrase “Listing Amendment” in the email subject line.

Thank you to property owners who have a place available that meets these criteria: you are providing a critical service to our front-line health care staff to protect the entire Victoria community.

For Health Care Workers

  1. Fill in the Google Form.

  2. Someone from this team will send you the available listings with the information we have on those properties. For flexibility, you may want to connect with coworkers that you could rent a suite with.

  3. The spreadsheet will be updated daily. The spreadsheet will only be sent to health care workers who have filled in the form.

Please refrain from any other communications to the email address provided to allow us to effectively administer requests and offers! If you want to say “thanks”, please post a link on social media and thank us there.

Want to start this program in another city across Canada? 

Email carehousingvictoria@gmail.com with “New City” in the subject line. You are welcome to copy the idea, this text, and the workflow process.

Docotr w/ Mask Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash
Project run by Heather Conquergood
This page is made with ❤ by Nathan Sorochan of  YYJLocalsForLocals.com

Thanks for the ❤️

With BC reopening, our jobs are too (those that weren’t doing both already). This was an entirely volunteer project with no funding what-so-ever, so we knew it wasn’t going to last forever. We’ve decided to no longer take on new requests.

We managed to help a bunch of businesses we love, and make some great friends along the way. For the next little bit, the site will stay online as a testement to our wonderful volunteers. If someone is interested in taking the keys to the project to help it live on, please email the website key keeper, nathansorochan@gmail.com with a proposal. 

Pro-Bono Services We Can Offer You

Help designing merch to drive sales

Building a single page website (landing page)

Write a message about how your business is handling COVID-19

Email design to send to your customers

Social media post or ad copy & design

Help setting up gift card sales on your website

Marketing help to promote your delivery service

Help setting up a subscription box service