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City and community-sponsored events highlight Homelessness Action Week

October 10 2013

Vancouver has made important progress in our work to end street homelessness, and Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to engage all of the community in meeting that crucial goal. -- Mayor Gregor Robertson

Person on street

Mayor Gregor Robertson launched Homelessness Action Week today, running from October 13-19 in Vancouver, with an official proclamation to members of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.

Susan Tatoosh and Harold Michell from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society received the proclamation from the Mayor in a ceremony at City Hall. The Society operates a low-barrier homeless shelter that serves a predominantly aboriginal population at 201 Central, and has focused on meeting the needs of aboriginal people making the transition to the urban Vancouver community for over 50 years.

“Vancouver has made important progress in our work to end street homelessness, and Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to engage all of the community in meeting that crucial goal,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society is an excellent example of one of the many organizations doing great work in our community. I encourage all residents to get involved in one of the many Homelessness Action Week events taking place across Vancouver.”

Homelessness Action Week events

As part of Homelessness Action Week, the City of Vancouver and its community partners have organized over 40 public educational events as well as service events for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Highlights include:

  • Out of the Rain, a week-long art exhibit, including a lunch-time art discussion and auction gala with works by homeless and established artists
  • Vancouver Homeless Connect events where attendees can access services ranging from health care options to employment services 
  • Vancouver Rent Bank information sessions 
  • Shiamak's Dance For Good dance therapy session 
  • A talk on health and environment by Dr. Trevor Hancock of the University of Victoria
  • Reel Causes film screening and panel discussion on youth homelessness

About Homelessness Action Week

Homelessness Action Week is organized annually by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government focused on a goal of inspiring and leading a coordinated response to homelessness in the region. In July 2013, Vancouver City Council approved $35,000 in grants to 18 non-profit services to produce events and organize projects related to Homelessness Action Week.

View a full list of Homelessness Action Week events

Person who is homeless holding a cardboard sign that reads 'you can make a difference'

Homelessness Action Week

We work with community groups and other governments to raise awareness on homelessness issues and rally local solutions through events, initiatives, and grants. Homelessness Action Week takes place October 9 to 15, 2016.