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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

West End Community Food Centre

The Community Food Centre we envision in Vancouver's West End takes a 3-pronged approach to addressing inequities in our food system, in a way that is rooted in the right to food. We will work with existing emergency food resources in our community to transition to providing people who access them with healthy, fresh food in a dignified environment. We aim to develop community capacity, skills and engagement for producing and preparing food through a comprehensive suite of skill-building and educational programs offered at various locations in our community, and we aim to hire, develop, train and support a group of peer advocates to operate in our community to challenge the systemic issues which create and entrench poverty. While each of these approaches has the potential to drive change on one scale or another, a community's level of food security is generally understood to embody each of the three prongs working in synergy. By providing individuals with multiple points of access to varying levels and scales of support and advocacy, we create the necessary conditions for a nimble response to the specific issues and concerns of our community. The West End Community Food Centre will be based on a model in which programs and initiatives are animated in various locations throughout our community (this may change down the road). Starting with programs in satellite sites throughout a community is also the model of growth for most of Vancouver's Neighbourhood Houses.

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House - Seniors Hub: Working with Seniors Using the Neighbourhood House Approach

Three neighbourhood houses (NH) documented their model for working with and building the capacity of seniors in a report titled Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House model, 2009. A Union of BC Municipalities Grant in partnership with the City of Vancouver and United Way supported this project. Resulting from this report a collaborative relationship was formed between the NH and the Seniors Funders table- including Vancouver Coastal Health SMART Fund, City of Vancouver Social Planning, United Way, New Horizons, and Vancouver Foundation. The hub vision includes a place where seniors: gather and make connections across generations; find neighbourhood- based activities that support aging in place; are valued for their skills and abilities; and engaged in active roles in the community. To implement this model a coordinator is required along with resources to support seniors capacity building. An evaluation framework will allow us to monitor our progress and share our learnings

Carnegie Community Centre Association

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.

Potluck Cafe Society

DTES Kitchen Tables Project PHASE 3

Many vulnerable Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents don’t have access to quality food. The Kitchen Tables project is working with multiple stakeholders to create systemic change in the DTES food system. It aims to replace an unsustainable, charity-based system with a holistic community economic development system by building a sustainable food procurement, processing and distribution system that reflects the community’s identified values and priorities of food security for DTES residents.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Transgender Accessibility to Sexual Assault Services

Originally a women-serving agency, we now understand that gender-based violence exists, and is more prevalent, beyond the gender binary of male and female. We have made the commitment to become a women and trans*-inclusive agency after a series of events over the past 2 years including: - feedback from board, staff and clients that current practices were exclusionary for trans* survivors; - training for staff and board to increase awareness about specific challenges trans* survivors can face; - a full day staff/board retreat to discuss commitment in making this change; - a community consultation with trans* people and their allies on what makes service provision feel safe and welcoming for gender variant people. Through our proposed project, we will: 1) engage the community through consultations and the formation of an advisory board; 2) makes changes to policies, procedures, services, signage, staff and volunteer training; 3) document and share learning with others and offer training to our community partners (police, crown, hospitals, other social service agencies)