Homelessness Action Week is October 12 – 18, 2014

We are starting our planning now and are looking for volunteers and community sponsors. Please contact us directly for more information and how to get involved.

Last year, in partnership with many North Shore agencies, local businesses, supporters and volunteers we helped over 130 North Shore homeless, and those at risk, access much-needed health and care services, and learn about services available to them at ‘Connect Day’. A special thank you goes out to everyone who supported us last year! For more information about HAW and reports from past years, visit our website page here

Salvation Army & Lookout Society Host Friendly Drop-in Soccer – March 22

Salvation Army and Lookout Society are hosting their twice-monthly street soccer game at 6pm on Saturday, March 22 at the John Braithwaite Community Centre gym.

All homeless and at-risk people are welcome. Food and drink afterward provided by Lookout Society.

For more information, please contact nsemployment@lookoutsociety.ca

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If you need a home, we need to know! Count Yourself In: Metro Vancouver Homeless Count March 11-12

The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count will be held across the region from March 11-12.  We are hoping to reach everyone on the North Shore who is in need of a home.  This includes people temporarily staying at a friend’s place, in their car or at a shelter.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and the information we gather is critical to making sure your needs are known.

Please Count Yourself In!

Information on the Homeless Count:

The Counts are a 24-hour point-in-time snapshot and therefore the numbers are understood to be the minimum number of people who were homeless in the Metro Vancouver region during that period.

The homeless count is an important tool to better understand Metro Vancouver’s homeless population and is the best approach to determine if the homeless population is increasing or decreasing, as well as better understand trends within the population. Policy makers and community agencies have relied on the Count to inform program and service planning.

The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) is grateful to all homeless-serving agencies throughout the region and the Community Homelessness Tables, who lend their expertise and knowledge of working with people on a daily basis to the Homeless Counts. The homeless count would not be possible without the assistance of hundreds of volunteers across the region.

For further details on past counts, please visit the RSCH website.

Count Yourself In Poster

North Shore Extreme Weather Plan – Extra Shelter Spaces Now Open

The North Shore Extreme Weather Plan provides for additional sheltering space to be made available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to the homeless. The alert is called on a daily basis.

The purpose of this notice is to inform that an Extreme Weather Alert has been called. Additional sheltering spaces are being provided at two local services:

Open at 8 pm
EXTRA SHELTER HAS OPENED AT:
NORTH SHORE SHELTER
705 WEST 2nd STREET @ BEWICKE
OTHER SHELTERING IS ALSO AVAILABLE
CONTACT THE NORTH SHORE SHELTER FOR REFERRAL

IF YOU ARE SLEEPING OUTSIDE, PLEASE COME TO THE SAFETY OF THE SHELTER!

If you are a service agency:

1. Please print the attached poster on bright YELLOW paper and post it in areas which homeless individuals may see it;
2. notify all your staff that the Alert has been called and ask them to spread the news to the homeless they come into contact with; and to refer people to the:
North Shore Shelter @ 705 West 2nd Street, Phone: 604-982-9126

We also need volunteers, if you can volunteer time within the extreme Weather Shelter, please call David Newberry or Linda Fox @ 604-982-9126

Notice of Alert NS Shelter -Nov 2013