Fourth Plain Coalition
The Fourth Plain Coalition is gathering information from renters in neighborhoods along Fourth Plain Boulevard in Central Vancouver about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and needs within our community. This is an anonymous survey, it should take less than five minutes to complete.
The Fourth Plain Coalition started with a Kaiser Permanente HEAL Communities Grant in 2015 and a partnership between Clark County Public Health and the City of Vancouver. The grant-funded project aimed to increase access to physical activity on and around Fourth Plain Boulevard to address differences in health outcomes and economic security in these neighborhoods compared to other Vancouver neighborhoods.
Communities along Fourth Plain Boulevard are some of Vancouver’s most diverse, with more than 30 languages spoken and over 30% of the residents belonging to communities of color. Often called Vancouver’s ‘International District,’ the corridor is home to more than 150 mostly small, locally-owned businesses.
Coalition Priorities and Mission
In 2018, the Coalition expanded to include over 30 organizations whose work aligns with the Coalition’s priorities of promoting safe streets, economic opportunity and affordable housing for Fourth Plain neighborhood residents and businesses. The Coalition has utilized local partners to create a place-based framework that aims to concentrate investments in things like safe streets, healthy living, housing security and a vibrant economy in a small geographic area. Fourth Plain Forward acts as the backbone organization that manages the network of partners to deliver programs and resources to the community and be accountable for long-term results.
Coalition organizations meet quarterly to coordinate efforts and advance the Coalition’s priorities. Two committees oversee Coalition efforts: the Community Advisory Committee and the Coalition Steering Committee. The Community Advisory Committee is an oversight and leadership group made up of a diverse group of Fourth Plain neighborhood residents who meet every other month. They provide guidance on Coalition programs and strategies from a resident perspective and engage in various community leadership and engagement activities. The Steering Committee is made up of a core group of Coalition partner organizations who meet twice a month to set strategic agendas and pursue funding to advance Coalition priorities into action.