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City marks 11th annual Homelessness Action Week during October 9-15, 2016

October 13 2016 This year's theme is "You Can Make A Difference"

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

We are marking Homelessness Action Week from October 9 to 15, 2016, with events and initiatives designed to heighten public awareness and encourage neighbourhood-based responses to homelessness. This year's theme – "You Can Make A Difference" – emphasizes individual action.

This year, Vancouver City Council approved $36,650 in grants to support 13 non-profit organizations. These organizations are producing a wide variety of events, including workshops with information and resources for the homeless.

Highlights of the week

SRO Exhibit: King Rooms #31 is an immersive, to-scale reproduction of a 10' × 12' single room occupancy (SRO) hotel room in the King Rooms building in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The exhibit invites viewers to experience and engage with an SRO room as an interface between homelessness and housing vulnerability in Vancouver.

Warm Feet, Full Stomachs: Youth Sandwich Making Day will see the Mount Pleasant Youth Action Committee make 250 sandwiches delivered to the RainCity Housing Triage Shelter.

Vancouver Homeless Connect Events are for people experiencing homelessness to access resources and services ranging from health care options to employment support, hosted by the City of Vancouver.

Rent-Smart Workshops for homeless and at-risk women aim of empower participants to be more independent in their housing searches and loss prevention.

Sex Work Storytellers Events by PACE Society are writing workshops for homelessness and sex work.

Bannock on the Run has Anderson Lodge residents preparing stew and bannock meals to serve to people who are homeless and at-risk in the Downtown Eastside.

Successful outcomes from Homelessness Action Week 2015

In 2015, Homelessness Action Week assisted over 7,500 homeless and at-risk individuals.

  • Vancouver City Council approved $43,000 in grants to 18 non-profit organizations, with $9,000 going directly to Homeless Connect Events.
  • 5,000 meals were served to the homeless and at-risk residents.
  • 900 personal care kits were distributed to homeless and at-risk residents.
  • 790 people attended educational events.
  • Over 200 community partnerships were successfully established.

Get details on this year's community events