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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…

Esquimalt Town Hall Presentation: Lisa Crossman

On Saturday, February 23, Member of Parliament Randall Garrison and Member of the Legislative Assembly Mitzi Dean co-hosted a town hall on housing affordability and homelessness in Esquimalt and the Western Communities. As part of the panel…

Trauma-Informed Practice: A Day with Brian Dean Williams

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“Being able to dream is recovery on its own.”  These are words that glued to me. In a field often associated with best care practices, do’s and don'ts, and “always been done this way” doctrines, it is easy to detach from the basic…

Mindfulness as “We Care”: A Day with Brian Dean Williams

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On February 8, 2019 I was lucky to be among about 30 colleagues in the work to end homelessness in Greater Victoria who spend the day with Brian Dean Williams learning about the brain, mindfulness, our selves, and how to best support each other.…

Three peninsula mayors unite in an effort to end homelessness

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Three peninsula mayors unite in an effort to end homelessness. With sub-zero temperatures, freezing wind, and pounding snowfall sweeping across Vancouver Island since Friday, the city’s most vulnerable were facing the wintry weather out…

Three mayors join forces on Capital Region anti-homelessness coalition

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Rapid and substantial progress towards a region without homelessness is in reach, says mayors For the first time, there are three sitting regional mayors on the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness board. View Royal Mayor David…

CAEH Training: Housing First for Women

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NOTE: Our thanks to Hilary Marks for her report on this workshop, and for all of her work to end homelessness in Greater Victoria. If you are interested in attending a Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness community training session, see…

CAEH Trainings

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The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH), funded by the Government of Canada and in partnership with the Coalition and the CRD, is offering free training in Victoria from October 2018 through February 2019. Topics for training were identified…

Regional candidates respond to questions about homelessness

In advance of the BC General Local Elections on October 20, 2018, the Downtown Service Providers* have circulated the following questions on housing and homelessness to candidates for mayor, councillor and CRD director in all 13 municipalities…

Talking to election candidates about Homelessness

Today is World Homeless Day, which this year coincides with a campaign period for local elections in British Columbia. If homelessness and housing are important considerations for you in this election, here are some helpful questions for candidates: …

Celebrate Community! 10th Annual General Meeting

Please join us on September 18, 2018 to acknowledge the combined difference that has been made in our community in the 10 years since the Coalition was formed. This special AGM will include a retrospective slide show a special…

In Crisis?:

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Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

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