A company specializing in upscale, short-term rentals that is planning to open a boutique hotel in Vancouver has just made a significant donation to upgrade some of the city’s non-market rental housing properties.
Sonder is currently applying to turn the ‘Arts and Crafts Building’ on Seymour Street into a hotel property with 36 apartment-style guest suites ranging from studios to two-bedroom units.
And today the company donated $100,000 worth of furniture and housewares to revamp and refresh dozens of units of city-owned rental units.
Emma Cahalane, Sonder Vancouver’s General Manager, told Daily Hive the company had a huge amount of furniture sitting idle in storage since closing its last operation so the philanthropic act makes sense — and won’t be the last as it expands into the city.
“We will continually give back to the community as we do refurbishments,” she said.
The items range from furniture pieces like couches and shelving units to kitchen supplies and even packages of paper towel.
The pieces will be used in dozens of non-market housing spaces in Vancouver: for singles, low-income earners, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart said the “generous” donation means residents “will have access to an additional source of free, high-quality furniture.”
This isn’t the first large-scale donation made by the company, which competes with Airbnb by offering its customers a more predictable accommodation experience.
Last year, the company provided $100,000 worth of furniture and supplies to help refurbish and upgrade a New Orleans transitional housing shelter.