A cornerstone of preventing and solving homelessness is access to safe, affordable housing – with or without supports. We understand that people will continue to experience homelessness in our community due to economic, health or other reasons outside of their control. The Coalition’s goal is to prevent homelessness where we can and shorten the amount of time people experience it.
The capital region has a surging real estate market, a persistently low vacancy rate, and wages that have not kept pace with the cost of living. In addition, while the BC Government increased social assistance rates in 2017, this followed a decade of zero growth for those rates.
These compounding factors have created a housing crisis at all but the highest levels of the housing and economic spectrum in the region. The regional response addresses this crisis by focusing on those with the most complex barriers to housing while balancing the broad needs of the region.
It’s estimated that as many of 1,500 units of affordable housing and more than 250 supportive housing units are required to end homelessness in Greater Victoria. Read our report: Housing and Homelessness in Greater Victoria for more information.
We’ve accomplished a lot since the Coalition was created in 2008, but more is required.
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If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.
Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.
For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca