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Homelessness Action Week

The City is committed to ending street homelessness

Each year, the City of Vancouver joins communities and organizations throughout the region to mark Homelessness Action Week. This year, Homelessness Action Week is from October 9 - 15, 2016.

What the week is about

Homelessness Action Week is supported by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness. The committee is a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government.

The week's purpose is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness, and rally local solutions to the issues.

Learn about the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness and Homelessness Action Week in other regional cities External website

Events and initiatives

The City is committed to ending street homelessness, and is a proud supporter of – and participant in – Homelessness Action Week through a number of events and initiatives.

Each year, we support several events that occur during Homelessness Action Week and over the course of the year, including:

  • Homeless Connect events, where attendees can get everything from health care assistance to bike repairs to a nutritious meal
  • A range of educational and other events hosted by local non-profit organizations

Homelessness Action Week grants

Community and grassroots events and projects are an equally important part of Homelessness Action Week.

The City provides grants to non-profit organizations to produce events and organize projects related to Homelessness Action Week.

The grants support community organizations in their work to:

  • Help Vancouver residents who are homeless
  • Create awareness of homelessness
  • Engage citizens on solutions to homelessness

The City is now accepting applications from Vancouver-based non-profit societies for the 2016 Homelessness Action Week Grants. Applications are due Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Learn more about Homelessness Action Week grants

2015 grant recipients

Organization Project
Aboriginal Mother Centre Society Community Open House 2015: Thanksgiving community meal, diaper drive, housing and support services resource tables, and tour of the Centre.
Atira Women's Resource Society The Second Annual SRO Tenant Convention External website: A fun and educational way for renters who are most at risk of homelessness to learn about local services, their rights as tenants, and advocacy and leadership skills.
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society Triple A - Affordable, Available and Accessible: Forum on homeless access to public transit External website, learning from Calgary and Seattle: A public forum to highlight and promote access to public transit as an essential support service for people facing homelessness.
Creativa Cultural Association For a Muse of Fire External website: a community engaged theatre project involving diverse individuals who live, work or study in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) including those who had experienced homelessness or were vulnerably housed.
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) Association Tapping the Resource Bank – Understanding Expanded Housing Services External website: A workshop series led by the DEWC housing team for women in the community on a range of issues related to safe, affordable housing.
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Hunger Banquet Community Dialogue: The Youth Advisory Committee created care packages for moms and babies at the Aboriginal Mother Centre who were at risk of homelessness, and hosted a hunger banquet and dialogue to raise awareness of homelessness and hunger.
Gallery Gachet Society In Between! 8th Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show: The 8th Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show featuring artists who use the Park, many of whom were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Inland Refugee Society of BC Forum on Housing and Homelessness among Refugee Claimants: A day-long public form on housing and homelessness among refugee claimants living in Metro Vancouver.
John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland BC Preventing Homelessness; Promoting Growth: An outdoor resource "Homeless Connect" event for people experiencing homelessness. The event included local organizations that provide services to homeless and marginalized communities, followed by a video and open discussion on homelessness.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Welcoming Our Neighbours; Fostering Warmth: MPNH's youth committee hosted a sock drive and prepared bag lunches to distribute to the homeless during Homelessness Action Week. New residents of the Kwayatsut (http://vnhs.ca/kwayatsut/) supportive housing building were invited to attend meals and events throughout the year.
Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education (PACE) Society PACE Society Open House: Providing critical frontline supports to Sex Workers, PACE Society's open house welcomed visitors to its new home at 148 W. Hastings to see the new space, meet the new team, and learn about PACE's programs and services.
Pivot Legal Society Know Your Rights Card Workshop: A workshop presented at the SRO Tenant Convention to equip vulnerably housed persons with legal education on tenancy rights.
Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society Welcome, We Care About You: An intergenerational project with seniors, Grade 4 students, and at-risk high school students. Over the year, lunches and welcome kits were prepared and provided to new residents of the Kingsway Continental Hotel.
Union Gospel Mission The Hello Neighbour Project: A community-member-led walk of the DTES and day of activities in Oppenheimer Park. Participants gained an understanding of the historical, environmental and social events that make the neighbourhood what it is today.
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society Warm It Up Tuesday: "Warm It Up" care packages and a hot meal were provided to 200 people who are homeless in shelters and on the street, at risk of homelessness, or in transition, and people were offered help to find secure and safe housing.
Vancouver Community Network Street Messaging System Lunch and Learns: Five lunch and learn sessions to train social service agencies on VCN's cell phone Street Messaging System to improve the access to social services by people who are homeless to reduce street homelessness and improve health conditions.
Vi Fineday Family Shelter Society Fresh Start for Families: Fresh Start Kits created for families who typically have nothing when leaving the shelter. Speaking engagements by staff to local community service organizations to inform the public about homelessness issues and widen VFFSS's community connections and partnerships.
Watari Youth, Family and Community Services "Under One Umbrella" a day-long service fair for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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