Empowering At-risk Individuals to Plan and Realize a Better Future for Themselves

The Life Intentions Action Planner is a new resource that helps vulnerable individuals including youth, seniors, low-income families, immigrants and refugees, and their support networks such as families or peers, to prioritize their personal goals and find free resources and services that fit their unique needs and preferences.

Donate a blanket to the Downtown Community Court

2020 is expected to be significantly colder this winter, and the pandemic has affected many organizations working with people with lived experience of homelessness. The Downtown Community Court in Vancouver is currently looking for winter donations of blankets and other warm items including:

The Importance of Private Sector Involvement

Kevin Falcon has been a community leader in both the public and private sectors, serving in various senior cabinet positions in the BC government and as the VP of Anthem Properties. He joined the Streetohome Board six years ago, providing a broad perspective of the public and private sectors, honing in on their weaknesses and strengths to complement each other.

Preventing Homelessness

Homelessness is often closer to home than we may think. “There are a lot of people out there who are literally one rent cheque away from being homeless,” says Alan Peretz, Partner at KPMG and Streetohome Board Member.

Helping Individuals Navigate Services Is Key

“The Navigation Centre is a place to help navigate individuals to services… in the least intrusive way possible, so that individuals can get the help they need,” says Alan Peretz, Partner at KPMG and Streetohome Board Member.

Coast Capital Savings contributes $100,000 to youth support recovery homes

Streetohome Foundation is pleased to announce a $100,000 financial contribution from Coast Capital Savings in support of youth at risk of homelessness. The generous gift is designated towards two youth recovery homes run by Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), Sequoia House and Alder House, in the City of Vancouver. The new homes will help prevent homelessness among youth, as well as support and empower youth on their journey to addiction recovery and independence.

Q&A: Sherri Magee, Streetohome Board Member

Dr. Sherri Magee joined the Streetohome Board in 2017.  Sherri is currently the Vice Chair of the Vancouver Police Board and serves on the 58. W. Hastings Advisory Board which is building a medical facility and social housing in the DTES. Sherri has served as a board member on the World President’s Organization and Perceptronix Medical Inc. In addition to serving on the Streetohome Board, Sherri is the Co-Chair of Streetohome’s Research, Reporting & Data Committee.

End the Stigma around Mental Illness with Bell Let’s Talk

39% of individuals in Vancouver experiencing homelessness are affected by mental illness (Vancouver Homeless Count 2018). These individuals encounter more barriers to employment and tend to be in poorer health, both physically and mentally. Poverty and mental health is a vicious cycle, where those living with mental illness are more likely to experience homelessness, and the consequences of homelessness being more severe when coupled with mental illness.