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The application portal for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit is now open

The application portal for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit is now open! The Government of Canada has introduced a new affordability measure to help lower-income renters who are most affected by the rise of inflation and struggling…

Four Heroines

Photo by jplenio on Pixabay   Four older women’s passages through the labyrinth of homelessness, converge in lived expertise as researchers   On an August morning in 2021, a group of researchers congregated in a boardroom…

In the Labyrinth of Homelessness

Photo by qimono on Pixabay   Christy took pride in being a community researcher, a role in which she applied her analytical mind, empathetic ear, and dedication to giving back – even when she had lost so much herself. “If I…

Pitching Shelter from Isolation

Photo by JacksonDavid on Pixabay   Maria is a natural protagonist and storyteller who “could write a bloody bestseller.” In life and in narrative, Maria’s creativity shines through as she recounts her story of beating the…

Seeking Creature Comforts

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay   In the spring of 2020, Jessica began working for a University of Victoria study that examines homelessness and housing insecurity in older women. In this role, she is a researcher who holds a rare…

Seeking A Good Night’s Sleep

Photo by StockSnap from Pixabay   When Leanne was offered housing at a sheltering hotel during the pandemic, she had hoped secure a place to rest at the age of 68, after residing in a tent for the previous two years. On the day I…

Winding Streets And Clocks

Photo by TobiasBrunner on Pixabay   For much of her life, Celeste had to be a “scrapper” in order to survive. Of the many things she’s braved – trauma behind closed doors, on the streets, and in her own mind – showing vulnerability…
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BC Budget 2022 begins to acknowledge systemic causes of homelessness

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness notes with hope the provincial government’s commitments to increase supports for people experiencing homelessness – particularly its commitments to youth. The 2022 Budget commits $35…

Election 2021 – Where do the Parties Stand on Housing?

Wondering which federal party shares your concerns about housing? Vote Housing, a national non-partisan campaign designed to engage and mobilize Canadians around housing issues in this federal election, has compiled a breakdown of each major…

$500,000 Goal for Transitional Housing Community Reached

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News Release VICTORIA, BC – (March 5th, 2021) - In less than 3 months time, the citizens and local businesses of Victoria have come together to raise more than $500,000 to fund the capital expenses for 30 transitional housing units to be…

Victoria’s First Youth-Led Social Enterprise Model

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News release Victoria’s first youth-led social enterprise model Will house youth experiencing homelessness VICTORIA, BC – (January 27, 2020) - Victoria’s first youth-led social enterprise housing model will initially welcome 12…

Developer, coalition pitch ‘tiny homes’ for homeless, using shipping containers

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Developer, coalition pitch 'tiny homes' for homeless, using shipping containers A local developer and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness are joining forces to raise $500,000 to convert 30 shipping containers into a temporary…

In Crisis?:

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.

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