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Chris Morrissey: Rainbow Refugee and Davie Street

chris morrissey: Chris Morrissey, founder of Rainbow Refugee, said finding housing in Vancouver for newly arrived queer and trans refugees is very difficult, according to Toronto Star. But thanks to her quick thinking, she has managed to reserve a few apartments in a soon-to-be-built affordable housing building at this lot on the corner of Burrard Street and Davie Street in Vancouver's Gay Village. Last week representatives from Rainbow Refugee met with staff from City Hall, and other LGBTQ support organizations, where the groups confirmed that Rainbow Refugee would be given a few units to house LGBTQ refugees in a new affordable housing complex that will be built at the corner of Burrard and Davie Street in Vancouver's Gay Village. Jennifer Gauthier/for Star Metro Sharalyn Jordan, board chair of Rainbow Refugee, said finding housing for LGBTQ refugees in Vancouver is the most difficult part of the group's work. Jordan, who is a professor at Simon Fraser University and involved with LGBTQ resettlement work across the country, said she believes this is the first time anyone in Canada has secured affordable rental units specifically reserved for privately-sponsored queer and trans refugees. Finding housing, it's our biggest headache, absolutely the hardest thing to organize, she said. ( As reported in the news.