Stay up-to-date on relevant community alerts and media release updates across the Greater Victoria region.
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness. Officially launched April 1, 2019, the redesigned federal homelessness program is a continuation of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and will support the most vulnerable people in the Capital Region by improving access to safe, stable and affordable housing. Employment and Social Development Canada has awarded Reaching Home funding to the CRD to administer Reaching Home in the Greater Victoria community.
- A Call for Proposals is now open from November 4 to December 4, 2020. An information session will be held on November 19, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am. Please contact Gina Dolinsky (email@example.com) to register.
- 2019-2024 Community Plan To End Homelessness
Last updated: November 4, 2020
Coordinated Access and Assessment
Update on Coordinated Access and Assessment (CAA) for the Capital Region – December 7, 2020
To learn more about Coordinate Access and Assessment here: Coordinated Access and Assessment (CAA)
Last updated: December 7, 2020
Point-in-Time Homeless Count 2020
On the night of March 11, 2020, and throughout the following day, the Community Social Planning Council, with support from the Capital Regional District, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and many volunteers, will conduct the bi-annual Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count and Survey.
Training sessions will be held on weekend and weekday evenings.
For a direct link to volunteer registrations and to sign up for a training session click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FNVTHKW.
Extreme Heat Information
Extreme Heat Warning – June 25, 2021
Summer has arrived with a vengeance in southern BC, with anticipated temperatures in excess of 29°C over several days. This has triggered extreme heat warnings in the region, anticipated to be in effect through to early next week. It’s important to stay cool and as hydrated as possible to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Click to find an information sheet that has some tips and resources to help people navigate the extreme warm weather – feel free to distribute to your network: Extreme Heat Handout.
Emergency Weather Shelter Locations
Emergency Weather Indoor Shelter Locations Update – February 6th – February 17th
On February 6th, Environment Canada issued a special cold weather alert for Victoria, BC. An Arctic front is here with temperatures below zero all week. Snow is predicted. Please find below a list of current emergency indoor shelters, warming tents and drop-in spaces available to provide respite from the cold weather for people experiencing homelessness. This list will be updated regularly.
Find the latest updates here: Emergency Weather Indoor Shelter Locations
Move in Strategy: Homeless-Serving Sector Role and Responsibilities
March 29, 2021 Update
The purpose of the Move in Strategy: Homeless-Serving Sector Role and Responsibilities is to share the collaborative roles and responsibilities of BC Housing and its contractors and funded outreach agencies, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, and the City of Victoria during the transition of securing indoor sheltering options for individuals currently experiencing homelessness and sheltering in parks by April 30, 2021, as a pathway to permanent housing by the Provincial Government.
- The Greater Victoria — Park Sheltering Move-in Strategy is a one-page resource to share information on how people can move into 24/7 temporary indoor sheltering spaces as a pathway to permanent housing.
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