It is often difficult to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness. Youth living alone and families facing homelessness will try to hide the situation to avoid stigma.
Streets to Homes program is based on the “Housing First with Supports” model, which aims to move 120 people directly from homelessness to permanent market housing and provide customized supports to help them stay there. The program secures housing, integrates services, and improves coordination to effectively deliver services to people with mental health and substance use issues who are experiencing homelessness.
A cornerstone of preventing and solving homelessness is access to safe, affordable housing. The Coalition’s goal is to prevent homelessness where we can and shorten the amount of time people experience it.
There are many organizations across Greater Victoria offering services and resources.
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