CVRD Summer Point-in-Time Homeless Count & Housing Needs Survey

CVRD Summer Point-in-Time Homeless Count & Housing Needs Survey

In 2016, resources became available to support in-depth community work around addressing homelessness. A collaborative efforton the part of local agencies in the Cowichan Region was successful in obtaining funding to undertake two homeless counts within a 12-month period (a summer and a winter count) and to develop a community plan for addressing homelessness. The funding was through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), a program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

The winter count (February2017) focused on the Duncan/North Cowichan core area while the summer count (August 2017) was expanded to a regional count. The results of the summer count are presented here along with a comparison to findings of earlier counts. The summer and winter 2017 Point in Time (PiT) Homeless Counts were sponsored by the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island in collaboration with the Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board and other community partners. Representatives of over a dozen community agencies serving people who are homeless or providing support in other ways, participated on the Planning Committee. This included:

➢Hiiye’yu Lelum –House of Friendship

➢Cowichan Women Against Violence

➢Salvation Army

➢Cowichan Valley Basket Society

➢Cowichan Housing Association

➢Social Planning Cowichan

➢Our Cowichan

➢Ladysmith Resource Centre

➢Cowichan Valley Regional District

➢School Board –School District 79

➢Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

➢The RCMP –Community Policing

➢Canadian Mental Health(Warmland)

➢CVRD Youth Outreach➢Duncan United Church

➢Cowichan Neighbourhood House

➢Lake Cowichan Community Services

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