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Victoria considers water refill stations, 24-hour washrooms for 900-block of Pandora Avenue

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Initiatives recommended by Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness At the end of November, Victoria city council approved a request from the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (GVCEH) asking staff to consider three initiatives…

Dozens gather to remember beloved Victoria panhandler with emotional memorial

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Dozens gather to remember beloved Victoria panhandler with emotional memorial On Friday afternoon, dozens gathered to honour the life of a panhandler who never failed to put a smile on the faces of those who passed by on a daily basis. “Seeing…

Victoria task force proposes outreach team to help city's most vulnerable

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Victoria task force proposes outreach team to help city's most vulnerable A task force is proposing a community-based outreach team to address a troubled area of downtown Victoria. There a concentration of social services for drug users…

Activists battling to prevent closing of Victoria rooming house

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Activists battling to prevent closing of Victoria rooming house People working to end homelessness in the capital region are urging immediate action to prevent the closing of a 62-bed rooming house at the former Fairfield Hotel across from…

“What we Need” – Youth Homelessness Prevention

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This year the City of Victoria’s participatory budgeting process focused its theme on improving the lives of youth in our City! Through your votes, the votes of 5,000 people in our community, Emily Jackson the Coalition's Prevention of…

The GVCEH and RentSmart BC Open House

This month the GVCEH and Ready to Rent hosted the open house of our new shared office space. We were joined by our community and partners, and paid respect to World Homeless day. Appreciation gifts were given to Christine Lintott Architect, GT…

Racelle Kooy with the Green Party of Canada responds:

Racelle Kooy, with the the Green Party of Canada, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy?  Yes, however, it must be strengthened…

Alyson Culbert with the People’s Party of Canada responds:

Alyson Culbert, with the People’s Party of Canada, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. "I would like to thank the Downtown Service Providers for organizing this debate on these key issues for our community, and for allowing…

Nikki Macdonald with the Liberal Party responds:

Nikki Macdonald, with the Liberal Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy?  The Liberal government is committed to act…

Jordan Reichert with the Animal Protection Party responds:

Jordan Reichert, with the Animal Protection Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy? Yes, the APPC will support and continue…

Laurel Collins with the NDP Party responds:

Laurel Collins, with the NDP Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions: 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy? We need to have the courage to build a Canada without…

DVBA’s Executive Director Jeff Bray Appointed Co-Chair of Coalition to End Homelessness

Today at its Annual General Meeting the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness will appoint Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association as the board’s Community Co-Chair. Bray will replace outgoing Co-Chair…

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