2014 Homelessness Action Week October 12 -18th

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Homelessness Action Week is an annual event focused on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of    homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in homelessness action in your community by attending events, and spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity.

Use these posters to announce your events and share the message in your community!


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 Final Report on the Results of the 2014 Homeless Count in the Metro Vancouver Region

Final Report on the Results of the 2014 Homeless Count in the Metro Vancouver Region

The RSCH would like to know if you find this report useful and welcomes your feedback. Please let us know if you use the information and provide comments to: RSCH@metrovancouver.org



Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) 

2014 Call for Proposals

The Greater Vancouver Regional District, as the Community Entity for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH), Community Advisory Board (CAB), solicits applications for the  HPS Call for Proposals to implement the 2014-2019 HPS Community Plan for the Metro Vancouver region.  This call is to implement projects between January 2015 and September 2016. This includes the following HPS Community Plan priorities:

-To reduce homelessness through a Housing First approach
-To improve the self sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services
-To preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness
-To ensure coordination of resources and leveragingTo improve data collection and use

Under the HPS Designated Communities funding stream, the maximum amount of funding available for this Open CFP is approximately $14 million between January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016 to fund Housing First support services, non-Housing First support services, capital and regionally based projects. The total number of projects funded and the amount of funding per project will be determined based on the review and due diligence of proposals received. All projects approved for funding must be completed by September 30, 2016.

Eligible activities, costs, application guides, forms and information session registration at:





Le Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), à titre d’entité communautaire pour la Stratégie des partenariats de lutte contre l’itinérance (SPLI), en partenariat avec le Comité directeur régional en matière d’itinérance (CDRMI) et le conseil consultatif communautaire (CCC), procède à un appel de propositions pour la mise en œuvre du plan communautaire 2014-2019 lié à la SPLI pour la région Métropolitaine de Vancouver.Cet appel porte sur la mise en œuvre de projets entre janvier 2015 et septembre 2016 visant les priorités suivantes du plan communautaire :

Réduire l’itinérance au moyen d’une approche Logement d’abord

-Améliorer, au moyen de services personnalisés, l’autonomie des personnes et des familles sans-abri et à risque imminent de le devenir
-Préserver ou accroître la capacité des installations utilisées pour répondre aux besoins des personnes sans-abri ou à risque imminent de le devenir
-Assurer la coordination et l’utilisation des ressources
-Améliorer la collecte et l’utilisation des données

En vertu du volet de financement de la SPLI pour les collectivités désignées, le montant maximal de fonds disponible pour cet appel de propositions ouvert est d’environ 14 millions de dollars entre le 1er janvier 2015 et 30 septembre 2016 pour financer les services de soutien de l’approche Logement d’abord, les services de soutien non liés à l’approche Logement d’abord, les projets d’immobilisations et les initiatives régionales.Le nombre total de projets financés et le montant du financement par projet seront déterminés suite à l’examen des propositions reçues et en fonction de leur qualité. Tous les projets dont le financement sera approuvé devront s’achever d’ici le 30 septembre 2016 au plus tard.

Les séance d’information, formulaires et les guides de demande sont disponibles sur le site: http://www.metrovancouver.org/planning/homelessness




Housing First Capacity Building Sessions

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Canadian Housing First Toolkit

Developed to assist other Canadian communities that are interested in adopting the Housing First approach.

Primarily based on the experiences of the At Home/Chez Soi project, we have assembled tools and resources that are practical and user-friendly for groups and communities interested in the Housing First approach. It is targeted to practitioners, planners, government policy-makers, researchers, and people with lived experience of homelessness and/or mental health working in the housing/homelessness sector, health/mental health sector, and stakeholders in related sectors.



The Metro Vancouver Homelessness Count happens every 3 years and helps to better understand the numbers and characteristics of Metro Vancouver’s homeless population. This information is important to service providers, planners, community groups, health authorities, municipalities and funders to assist with developing policy, planning, and prioritizing programs and services to address the needs of people who are homeless.

Preliminary release report

Media Release 2014 Homeless Count Preliminary Report

On March 12, 2014, Metro Vancouver partnered with Community Homelessness Tables, municipalities, and about 1,000 volunteers to collect the data. More representative results are expected, with about 300 more volunteers than last time, and with the addition of a Youth Steering Committee for this Count.

Want to know more? See our Key Message and FAQ’s and Media Release.

View a video story about the 2014 Homeless Count here

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/homelessness-partnering-strategy

elessness Action Week

Every October, on the week following Thanksgiving Monday.


The Greater Vancouver   Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness is a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government. We believe that by working together, we can end homelessness in the Metro Vancouver area. Our work is guided by the Committee’s Regional Homelessness Plan : Three Ways to Home.  Click here to download the Regional Homelessness Plan.

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