Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is a partnership of local service providers, non-profit organizations, all levels of government, business and the faith community located in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The Coalition’s mission is to end homelessness by 2018. We do this by bringing together the right partners for each housing and support project.
Our Story What We Do
In May 2007, then Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe struck a 120-day task force to recommend a service model and business plan that would provide better assistance to residents challenged with mental illness, addictions and homelessness.
The Mayor’s Task Force was charged with breaking down the issue of homelessness in Victoria and developing a new service delivery model that would be a substantial shift in the way we all respond to our community’s social and health challenges. It became apparent that Greater Victoria needed a community-owned solution to end homelessness for its residents. As a result of this exhaustive work, the community rallied and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society was formed in February 2008.
Our Programs How We Do It
Homelessness Prevention Fund
The Homelessness Prevention Fund (HPF) is an initiative of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (the Coalition) and ten partners that provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in Greater Victoria who are in financial threat of losing their housing. Grants are used to pay rent, utility bills or damage deposits, and up to a maximum amount of $500.
With the generosity of private donors, the fund was established at the Victoria Foundation in January 2011. Recipients have to demonstrate they have exhausted all other means of help and have a plan for paying rent next month. They do not have to repay the money, but can only apply once a year.
For more information: Homelessness Prevention Fund
What You Can Do
Everyone in our community can contribute to ending homelessness. Your gift will help us take real action and move people from the streets to homes.