Social inclusion can be understood as “the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity, to take part in society” (World Bank, 2013). The Coalition believes engaging the experiential community in finding solutions to homelessness will be critical to the long term success of our mission.
Social Inclusion Goals:
- To strengthen the capacity of people experiencing homelessness to provide leadership and participate in decisions that affect them
- To build a group of people who have experienced homelessness that can act as Coalition consultants
- To foster leadership and participation of people impacted by homelessness in solutions to address homelessness
SIAC (Social Inclusion Advisory Committee):
SIAC is made up of individuals experiencing homelessness, or who have experienced homelessness, who participate in informing the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness’ research, policy, and communications initiatives in the community. Core Values
Where and How to Get Involved:
Mixed Table Dinners: The Coalition holds two dinners per year, in order to bring individuals experiencing homelessness together with members of the Coalition’s governance boards. The goal of these dinners is to providing opportunities for those who have experienced homelessness to be heard by leaders in our community, and to provide leaders in our community with information about the day-to-day realities of those living in homelessness.
Drop-in Lunch: Every Month the Coalition holds a Drop-in Lunch on the Monday of cheque-issue week at the Downtown Public Library, 735 Broughton, in the Community Room. The lunch is open to all with lived experience of homelessness to find out what we’re up to, and how you can get involved.
Please contact the Social Inclusion Coordinator