The North Shore Homelessness Task Force (NSHTF) was formed in 1998 in response to reports of people living on the street. The Task Force spearheaded the establishment of the Youth Safe House, the North Shore Housing Centre, a local shower program, along with many other events and initiatives.

Beyond the establishment of these shelters and programs, the NSHTF meets as an open service network on a quarterly basis to address issues relating to homelessness and poverty on the North Shore. The Task Force focuses on areas related to support services, communications and information, and the continuum of housing.

Members of the Task Force include municipal employees, Vancouver Coastal Health, service providers, faith community members, law enforcement, interested North Shore residents, and more.

For some examples of the type of projects and work the NSHTF takes on, please see our Years in Review documents:

Rationale for the Task Force

Approach to Homelessness

Homelessness continues to be a reality on the North Shore that requires ongoing action. The NSHTF was formed to provide coordinated, collaborative leadership and action on this issue, and it is important that one North Shore-wide entity continue to provide this collaborative leadership and coordinated action. Since homelessness is a systemic issue, the NSHTF will continue to exist as long as it is considered necessary.

The NSHTF has adopted a two-pronged approach to homelessness on the North Shore:
1. Address the root causes of homelessness
2. Establish and maintain a continuum of housing and support services for the homeless

North Shore Citizens: 

-Want to live in communities in which all of its residents have adequate affordable housing 

-Have an important role to play in supporting initiatives to prevent homelessness

-Recognize that it is good business and makes economic sense to solve homelessness

Read the full document here: NSHTF Communications Key Messages