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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…

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…

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.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca