Startup Homes


A student-run program striving to develop financial literacy and employability among immigrant, refugee and Muslim women who are at risk of becoming homeless.

With 800 people moving to Surrey every month, Surrey is on its way to being the biggest city in British Columbia. However, 1 in 5 in children grow up below the poverty line. The goal of Startup Homes is to partner with various marginalized communities in Surrey to provide interactive workshops aiming equip women with tangible skills and resources.

Startup Homes is a student-run program striving to instill financial literacy and employability skills in Immigrant, Refugee and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In partnership with Nisa Homes, a transitional shelter located in Surrey, B.C., the program strives to empower women to gain confidence, means, and ability to start afresh while adapting to a new environment in Canada.

2017 Surrey Engagement Award Winner

What would you  do with $3,000?

Up to $30,000* is available to fund SFU students who want to work with community partners to create meaningful impact.

Maybe you’re working on an existing idea for a class you’re taking, through a student club, or through another organization. Or maybe you just have an amazing idea that keeps you up at night.... Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!

Start the process now by registering today and then submitting your idea before November 24 – all you need is your passion and an idea. 

* Award amounts subject to change