Dundarave Festival of Lights – Support North Shore Transitional Housing

This Saturday Nov. 30th marks the start of the @DundaraveFest Festival of lights on Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver. Each Saturday, a full day of concerts is presented in a field of 100 Christmas trees on the beach, all to help raise awareness about homelessness, bring the community together, and raise funds for Lookout’s North Shore Housing Centre transitional housing.

They’re really amazing events, and you can find all of the information you need about the trees, the festival, and the music here:
http://www.dundaravefestival.com/festival-events-2013.html

Thanks everyone! See you there.

Report: BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6 percent – the worst rate of any province in Canada

2013 BC Child Poverty Report Card:

The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2011) once again show that BC is the worst province in Canada when it comes to major measures of child poverty:

– BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6 percent – the worst rate of any province in Canada, using the before-tax low income cut-offs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty.

– BC had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in single mother families – 49.8 percent.

– BC also had the worst poverty rate of any province for children living in two-parent families – 14 percent.

– BC’s poverty rate for children under 6 years at 20.7 percent is 8 percentage points higher than the Canadian average.

– British Columbia also had the most unequal distribution of income among rich and poor families with children. The ratio of the average incomes of the richest ten percent compared to the poorest ten percent was 12. 6 – the worst of any province.

Read more and download the full report here:

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