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Creating Homes: A Community Guide

The 2018 edition of Creating Homes: A Community Guide to Affordable and Supportive Housing Development is now available on our website. This toolkit for navigating community concerns is a living document that will continue to be updated…

"EVERYONE COUNTS" 2018 Point in Time Count

The 2018 Greater Victoria Point in Time Count (PiT) is a count of people in the Captial Region experiencing homelessness. A Point in Time count provides important data for service planning and delivery in our region – it lets us know how…

Peer help in transition from homelessness to housing

  Peer help in transition from homelessness to housing (PDF)

Homelessness solutions don’t happen overnight

Letter to the editor of the Victoria Times Colonist by our Executive Director, Don Elliott. January 7, 2017 Re: “Victoria eyes deadline slip in major goals,” Jan. 5. Homelessness is a complex issue, one that requires a sensitive,…

Magnificent mural taking shape at Our Place recreation room

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Our Place is getting a new mural - watch the progress on Vital People. There is a magnificent mural taking shape at Our Place Society, in the recreation room. Explains Tracy Campbell, Community Relations Coordinator at the downtown Victoria…

Living on boats to be a thing of the past in Victoria's Gorge

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Live-aboards on the Gorge are soon to be no longer, raising concerns about where the at-risk residents will go. The sight of live-aboard boats anchoring on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria could soon be a thing of the past. Council passed a…

Victoria contributes $112,000 to Saanich affordable housing project

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The City of Victoria has voted to contribute funding to an affordable housing development in Saanich. Charity might begin at home, but it apparently doesn’t stop at Victoria’s municipal boundaries. In what is being heralded as a local…

Debate over controversial Victoria development goes to public hearing

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Controversial project on the site of the old St Andrews school goes before the public. Sparks were expected to fly at a public hearing Thursday night at City Hall involving a controversial development that has been years in the making. City…

Overnight anchoring in the Gorge ending soon

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Boaters overnighting on the Gorge waterway will soon have to pull up anchor. The City of Victoria is one step closer towards enforcing a bylaw that prohibits overnight anchoring in the Gorge waterway. A number of derelict boats and floating…

Elizabeth May lays out plan to end homelessness

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The Green Party leader Elizabeth May releases the party's homelessness platform. Canada could end homelessness and become a world leader in energy efficiency through a national strategy, says Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Calling the…

Editorial: Fair Elections Act makes it worse

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Times Colonist Editorial on the new voter rules/restrictions. You can’t make something better by making it worse, but that is what has happened with the Fair Elections Act, passed by the federal Conservatives last year. Instead of making…

New rules make it harder for marginalized to vote, advocates say

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With a federal election coming in October advocates are raising concerns over new voting requirements. Advocates for seniors, the homeless, First Nations and students in Victoria worry that changes to voting requirements will make it harder…

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