Session 4: Housing Solutions

The final session explored some of the practices and approaches that have worked to address homelessness. The evening highlighted some of the solutions that have worked in other communities like Housing First and some of the unique challenges faced in Metro Vancouver where vacancy rates continue to be staggeringly low. The panel members also spoke of positive programming and treatment strategies for individuals faced with the challenges of mental illness and addictions. Panel members included:

There were 152 people in the audience and there were 54 unique views of the live stream. Watch Session 4: Housing Solutions here.

Speakers Series Recap

Overall the participation in the Community Dialogue on Homelessness Speaker’s Series has been significant. Panel members were engaged with the community through the question and answer period and all questions and responses that were received but not replied to will be published online in the next week. Videos of all the Speakers Series are available on our website.

Some interesting numbers to share:

  • A combined 633 people attended the four Speakers Series as part of the Community Dialogue on Homelessness.
  • There was a total of 454 unique views during each event’s live stream.

2017 Homeless Count

Planning has begun for the 2017 Homeless Count which will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This year’s count is being coordinated by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. The local coordinator has already started working with service providers and City staff to begin the detailed mapping process. The upcoming count also includes a greater focus on rural areas and waterways. The count will capture the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless. In  2014, the count began capturing the number of individuals on our streets or in our shelters who identify as veterans. The 2017 count will again provide information on this concerning trend.

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