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City marks Homelessness Action Week – October 12-18

October 10 2014

“The City of Vancouver is committed to building a city where no one is ever forced to sleep outside on the street,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson

Winter Response Shelters will help homeless people in Vancouver

Come out to a series of events and initiatives that benefit the homeless and raise awareness of homelessness issues at the ninth annual Homelessness Action Week from October 12-18, 2014.

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.

The goal of the week is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness and rally local solutions.

“The City of Vancouver is committed to building a city where no one is ever forced to sleep outside on the street,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “As Homelessness Action Week begins I would like to thank all of the City’s partners and community leaders for their crucial contributions in our work together to create new homes for our most vulnerable citizens and to end homelessness.”

Highlights of the week

The City is a proud supporter of Homelessness Action Week and has worked with community partners to organize or support a wide range of events for the public, people who are homeless, or people at risk of being homeless.

This year’s highlights include:

  • Homeless Connect: A series of one-stop health and service fairs where attendees can access services such as health care assistance, pet care, bike repairs, and meals.
  • Much Ado About Something: A special community theatre project involving a diverse group of participants who developed the script together, drawing on Shakespeare’s texts to address homelessness issues. (October 16 at 7:00pm, Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Tickets available through RainCity Housing.)
  • Stories from the Street: A free public reading by Megaphone Magazine’s homeless and low-income vendors, hosted by local award-winning author Michael Christie (October 14 at 7:00pm, Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street)
  • Crossing Boundaries: A free exhibition at Gallery Gachet showcasing artwork from the community. (Through October 26) 

Funding for Homelessness Action Week

Vancouver City Council approved $40,000 in grants to support 16 community organizations on Homelessness Action Week events and projects which help homeless residents, and educate and engage citizens.

The grant recipients will host events during the week that include:

  • Workshops with information and resources for the homeless
  • Homeless Connect events providing meals and services
  • Creative projects that focus on homelessness

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.

Find out how we are trying to end street homelessness by 2015