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Ready to Rent BC Association

Innovating to Prevent Homelessness

Innovating to Prevent Homelessness is an evidence-gathering initiative focused on adapting R2R’s ‘success based housing’ approach to increase housing stability, reduce evictions, support crisis-free moves and prevent homelessness within three pilot communities. Ready to Rent is a homelessness prevention models that is scalable and adaptable to meet the needs of many. Innovating to Prevent Homelessness will work with three communities new to the R2R model, and will gather data on demographics, beneficiary experience, impact on damages and evictions with their related costs, frequency of crisis-free moves and overall housing stability. 6 – 8 stakeholders identified by BC Housing, AHMA, and R2R will lead the initiative in partnering communities. A local organization will take the lead, and beneficiaries will be included in gathering baseline data, adaptation of course materials, and overall oversight of the initiative. Innovating to Prevent Homelessness will measure impact through before-and-after comparison data, as well as the development of skills, knowledge and confidence of participants. Activities will include: • gather baseline data • identify existing community supports • identify gaps in services • deliver professional development and train the trainer workshops • support an educational prevention approach in each community • measure the impact of the R2R model • collaborate on community-based prevention strategies, policies and systems

Training the Trainers: Increasing Community Capacity

Ready to Rent (R2R) offers a 12 hour housing readiness course for people who cannot find or keep their housing in the CRD. Its graduation certificate is used by many housing providers in lieu of a reference for those with poor or no references. It now plans to expand to the rest of Vancouver Island and BC. It will do so by partnering with local agencies and train and certify local facilitators to deliver the courses. It will support the facilitators through ongoing phone support, monthly Community Facilitators' support networks, annual face to face workshops, and annual visitations. This approach will ensure both top quality programs and local community input as we build a committed/knowledgeable Community of R2R Facilitators. Year I: R2R will partner with 4 geographical communities or groups such as First Nations or Violence Against Women (VAW) on Vancouver Island. Year II: R2R will expand to another 4 communities, including mainland communities. Each community partner will work with R2R BC to build local capacity and will deliver a minimum of 2 courses per year.

Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation & Resiliency Platform

Through economic reconciliation, it can create the conditions for transformation. Economic reconciliation is more than economic development. It defines prosperity more broadly than income and assets. It goes beyond economic transactions and considers the economy of relationships. It looks at systemic barriers that inhibit prosperity. It requires creating new models that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing, considering all factors that impact prosperity, including health, education, culture, and connection to the land. Reconciliation will be unsustainable if it does not translate into improved livelihoods and a more prosperous future for all.

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Heart of the Hazeltons

This project has the potential to be transformative in our communities. It has brought together a committed Owner's Committee with representation from the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton,Regional District of Kitimat Stikine,Gitxsan Treaty Society, Gitxsan Government Commission and Skeena Ice Arena Association. It is now timely seeks to invite residents, First Nation and non-First Nation, from the scattered villages and communities, to begin collaborative work on a range of programs. These programs will involve the schools encouraging our young people to complete high school, elders and our whole community to maintain fitness, combat obesity, and develop programs to prevent depression and provide hope.

Richmond Addiction Services Society

Community Action Ambassadors

The Community Action Ambassadors will be seniors who will be trained, supported and connected to their community. They will offer peer counselling support, public education forums, workshops and will use the media to educate their community about the issues that are impacting seniors today. The outcomes will be to connect seniors across cultures to community services such as Senior’s Centres, recreation centres, their cultural community and to the mainstream community. Community contacts will increase, isolation will decrease and referrals and community service contacts will increase. Public policy will be impacted as motivated and educated seniors will be connecting with the system of care. Importantly, seniors dealing with new or chronic alcohol and drug use including medications, mental health and other health issues will know where to go and who to turn to regardless of their language of choice or cultural group. The Community Action Ambassadors will fill the large gap in services as they will outreach to the community enabling isolated seniors access to trained volunteers.

Richmond Food Bank Society

Communities Mobilizing for Justice - Addressing Poverty through Dialogue to Action

Our project, 'Communities Mobilizing for Justice' aims to examine, influence and change the systemic behaviours, rules and processes that create barriers to access for people experiencing poverty and do not address the social determinants of health. These people are disproportionately single parents, seniors, immigrants, youth, LGBTQ, disabled people and people with mental health and/or addiction issues. With networking, skills-building and mentoring, this project gives voice to the unheard, and encourages inclusion and participation for people experiencing poverty so they can actively advocate and promote their collective ideas for change and be decision-makers in the larger community.

Eliminating Barriers to Participation for People Experiencing Poverty

Monthly: Hold Steering Committee meetings made up of PRC coalition members, to provide community oversight to project activities Month 1: Meet with local community services staff to engage these agencies and their clients in the project Month 2: Advertise, receive, select and orient participants and other individuals experiencing poverty for conversation circles, Committee of Peers (CoP) and self-advocacy network (SAN) Month 3: Train facilitators and develop questions for conversation circles Month 4: Conduct conversation circles with service agency staff/volunteers Month 5-6 Conduct conversation circles with low-income individuals; interview and select rest of CoP Month 7-8: Examine and collate information gathered to determine gaps, systemic barriers, solutions, etc. Month 8-10 Convene CoP and SAN to build advocacy toolkit ideas such as: skills workshops, advocacy and leadership training, public speaking, book of stories, video Month 10-12 Seek opportunities with local faith groups, service clubs, municipal government for self-advocates to tell their stories Quarterly: Meet with CoP to gain insight on how to guide and amend the project Quarterly: Develop, publish and distribute newsletter with articles on project milestones, personal stories and interviews September 2017: Host a Community Forum on Barriers to Participation and Ideas for Change. Celebrate the project with participants and volunteers Month 12: Complete final report for VF

Mapping Impact of Food Deserts in Richmond

Research shows that in every municipality there are areas where food is difficult to access due to factors that include the placement of food stores (supermarkets, greengrocers, farmers markets, etc...) and the ability of local residents to physically access these spaces (walking, transit, bicycling). Because suburban development in Richmond’s history has focused on roads and the automobile, procuring food can be difficult for those who rely on other forms of transit. There are a number of vulnerable neighbourhoods in Richmond that continue to be underserved for food services. These neighbourhoods have fewer supermarkets, or none at all, nor other retail outlets providing more than a minimal selection of affordable, nutritious foods. In contrast, these neighbourhoods are dominated by convenience stores and fast food restaurants. In one East Richmond neighbourhood, local residents rely on a drugstore for food staples.

SCD - Society for Community Development

Survival Guide for Families, Survival Guide for Seniors

The guides will be modeled on our well received “Street Survival Guide”, produced in collaboration with the Tri Cities Homelessness Task Group (view at: The Survival Guide for Families and the Survival Guide for Seniors will grow from community-wide collaborations and consultations. We will build on the information already gathered by the community centres, seniors groups, Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters tables, but these guides will focus on the needs of families and seniors living with very limited funds and/or in poverty. We will interview individuals, agencies, service providers, and businesses to determine the information most needed by these residents of the Tri Cities. End product: each guide will be a two-sided one page collection of information to assist those living with low incomes/poverty to meet their basic needs. The guides will be distributed in paper form (libraries, recreation centers, food banks, churches, schools, clinics, etc) and electronically, allowing our community partners to print copies as needed.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Feasibility study for growing food on school board lands

Given the environmental and health reasons for purchasing locally and the challenges faced in doing so the VBE decided that further information about options for purchasing local food is needed. This project’s goal is to conduct a feasibility study that will investigate the possibility of hiring a farmer(s) to grow food locally for use in VBE school cafeterias and programs. Currently, produce for many of the VBE cafeterias, breakfast and lunch programs are procured through one main distributor, with limited ability to source locally. This project would hire a contractor with experience in procurement and local food sourcing to consider a number of models for procuring local produce: 1) Loaning VBE land to a farmer(s) to grow food for the VBE, either on salary or through a for-purchase model 2) Purchasing produce directly from an off-site farmer(s) 3) Some combination of the first two options The analysis provided by the contractor would help guide discussions about how to proceed.

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Squamish Youth Engagement Strategy (YES)

In a very real way, youth are the life force of any community. They will grow to be decision makers, policy developers, teachers, business owners and care givers. We have an obligation to engage with youth in a meaningful way, to value their voice as an integral part of the fabric of our community, and to then weave this voice into the decisions that shape our future. We are committed as a community, to creating a Youth Engagement Strategy that focuses on bringing youth, not only to the table, but places them at the center of the conversation that answers this question: "How can we as a community successfully engage with youth in a way that supports their healthy growth and development?"

Innovations for Improved Mental Health in Sea to Sky

The project will build capacity of agencies, communities and volunteers to advance the health and well being of adults and families through education, dialogue, communication and other forms of awareness building within each community. A major event will help the groups plan together. The work will engage individuals affected to the extent that they are able to participate. The proposal builds on our many strengths in Sea to Sky by connecting with initiatives underway and acting collaboratively to avoid duplication. Our community recognizes the importance of a continuum of services ranging from prevention, effective response and relapse prevention and engaging the community. In Sea to Sky (StS)we have a number of initiatives focusing on primary prevention with younger ages, but less focusing on young adults, adults and families as a whole. The family piece of this proposal will serve as a bridge between some of those initiatives. The dialogue across sectors and initiatives will foster deeper connection and understanding that will strengthen action plans.

Simon Fraser University - Centre for Restorative Justice

Restoring Community Through Restorative Justice: A Demonstration Project

This project aims to strengthen community engagement and connection to prevent further harm in the continuing aftermath of the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot. A restorative justice process will be implemented as a parallel process to the sentencing of rioters in court. The need for this project emerged following the Integrated Riot Investigation Team's promise to hold offenders accountable, along with requests from offenders seeking opportunities to make amends directly to victims of the riot. While the criminal justice process focuses on the past, restorative justice puts its energy into the future. It focuses on what needs to be healed, what needs to be repaired, what needs to be learned in the wake of the riots. In other words, it looks at what needs to be strengthened if such things are not to happen again. 20 offenders, together with victims and community members, will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a restorative justice process. Research has found that restorative justice increases confidence in the justice system while reducing crime and trauma to victims.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Food Secure Vancouver Study Phase 2

In 2008 the VFPC launched the Food Secure Vancouver Study to answer the question "How food secure is Vancouver in a changing world?" in terms of access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, the structure and capacity of the food system, and the cultural, economic, social, and environmental needs of individuals and communities.The Food Secure Vancouver Study establishes an integrated and ongoing review, analysis, and reporting process that: Monitors the status of Vancouver's food security against our baseline definition; Informs citizens and decision-makers about the status of Vancouver's food security; Identifies priority actions for improving and maintaining the sustainability and security of all aspects of Vancouver's food system.In this project, we survey food security groups in Vancouver's neighbourhoods and inventory their activities and resources, and develop an information management system to gather and manage data, disseminate information about local food security initiatives and resources, and facilitate neighbourhood networking and collaboration.

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

The Surrey Rent Bank (SRB) - Housing Stability for Low Income Earners

The main goal of The SRB is to reduce homelessness and increase the housing stability of low income earners thus improving community cohesion and inclusiveness. We will do this by: Providing low-interest loans for rental and/or utility arrears to low-income earners ; Improving the financial literacy of borrowers and therefore their capacity to weather future financial crisis' ; Leveraging continued funding through Foundations, Corporations and Government stakeholders thereby ensuring project sustainability. Activities: Deliver 40 or more loans ; Re-invest Loan repayment dollars into 5 new loans • Provide on-going financial literacy support ; Provide support and referrals to other agencies to borrowers and potential borrowers ; Facilitate relationships between borrowers and main-stream banking ; Gather information from current database records on housing stability, rent to income ratios and other relevent information ; Collaborate with and support current and nascent rent banks and organize a 3rd rent bank form ; Seek secure on-going funding from at least one more funder.

Surrey Rent Bank

Rent banks prevent homelessness among low income earners by providing loans for rental/utility arrears or damage deposits. Since March 2010, the Surrey Rent Bank has delivered 65 loans, which have kept 200 people housed. The rent bank also encourages low-income earners to mend relationships with landlords and connect with mainstream banking institutions. The goal of this project is to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability by delivering a minimum of 45 new loans while promoting asset building via access to financial literacy.

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Linking Seniors Services Forum

Linking Seniors Services Forum

Latin Seniors Outreach Project

The Latin Seniors Outreach Project will improve quality of life among Spanish-speaking seniors by supporting them to access services, build social and community connections and better integrate with Canadian society. We will reach out and engage isolated seniors from the Spanish-speaking community facing challenges such as language barriers and poverty issues due to immigration, isolation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through three main activities: (1) Volunteers will reach out to isolated Spanish-speaking seniors by identifying them and providing them with information and referrals; (2) The volunteers will provide one to one visits to isolated seniors who need social support; (3) The volunteers will give presentations in the Spanish language throughout the Lower Mainland to reach a wide audience. The information and resources given will be specific to the community in which the presentation is held. Topics will include social housing, home support, seniors abuse and pension plans.

South Okanagan Women's Educational Society

From Discord to Action: Cultivating Community Change around Seasonal Farm Work

This project has developed out of working with community organizations, concerned citizens and temporary seasonal farm workers in South Okanagan-Similkameen to address ongoing discrimination and health and social issues related to the large influxes of temporary workers each spring to fall. Although the issues are long standing, attempts to address them are unsuccessful. Community members would like the farm workers' specific social, economic and health needs identified and an action plan created to address those needs. This project will facilitate that process by identifying and encouraging the stakeholders (communities, farmers and farm workers) to come together at a forum to work together and create sustainable solutions. The forum process will be conducted in a way that will result in the creation of a feasible Community Action Plan that will use local resources to build community cohesion and strengthen capacities in terms of meeting farm workers’ needs. Strategies will be developed for furthering this work.

SPARC BC Society

Moving Forward Together: A Strategy to End Homelessness in Metro Vancouver

Funding under the Federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) no longer includes the critical capacity building work previously done by the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH). This proposal is submitted on behalf of the RSCH Plan Advisory Committee to identify potential partnerships and opportunities to continue to support and advance this critical work intended to: • Provide a focus for regional discussion and decisions around homelessness; • Provide a framework for the planning, coordination and the development of housing services and supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; • Reflect leading practices while at the same time provide an opportunity for RSCH partners and members to learn from each other; • Bring together key regional partners to build increased awareness and public support around issues related to homelessness; • Facilitate coordination as well as build and strengthen existing partnerships and relationships; • Leverage additional funding and resources to support the implementation of the key goals, objectives, strategies and actions set out in the updated Regional Homelessness Plan. SPARC BC will serve as the administrative host for the project and will provide research, facilitation and evaluation support to help facilitate on-going collaboration across municipal and regional leaders who care about this issue and who believe that through caring and collaborative action, we can end homelessness.

Squamish Volunteer Centre Society

Welcome Centre to Multicultural Neighborhood House in Squamish

This project is a response to priorities that emerged from the development of the 2008-09 Sea to Sky Literacy Plan, and the experiences of immigrants, volunteers and staff. The goal is a Multicultural Neighbourhood House that can provide an in depth and long-term focus on growing issues of immigration, diversity and racism in Squamish.

St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver

Expanding Peer Involvement in Substance Use Care

Our project seeks to expand the involvement of the affected population – people who use drugs (PWUD) – within the substance use system of care. We see this as important and timely given the present overdose-related public health emergency. Our goal is to affect change by: • Reducing the stigma surrounding PWUD by involving them more extensively within the system of care; • Training peer health navigators to be present on site at treatment facilities and to serve as linkages to care, thereby offering further support to those seeking substance use treatment; • Providing valuable feedback to health care providers by soliciting the feedback of PWUD on presently available treatment options.

Sunset Community Association

Arts Health Project: Healthy Aging Through The Arts

The project seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalized seniors through regularly scheduled arts programming that promotes inclusion, community cohesion and connectedness within and across culturally and socially diverse communities. The seniors work with a professional artist, explore and build skill in a creative medium, e.g. dance, theatre or painting. Through their collaborative creative work the seniors share life stories, develop understandings and build trust. Twice each year the seniors present a public performance or exhibition of their art. This provides the opportunity for the broader community to understand and appreciate this work and Seniors feel that they are contributing to their culture. The Community of Practice workshops and meetings are designed to help the artists and project staff share information and develop their ability to deliver this collaborative arts programming. It is a goal of the project to demonstrate how collaborative art is a key contributor to health for the individual senior as well as the community at large.

Surge Narrows Community Association

Community Woodworking Shop (Quonset Hut) and Community Kitchen (Bunkhouse)

The combination of a deteriorating quonset hut and a strong community tradition of boat building and woodwork inspired community members to transform the old school building into a woodworking shop. Wide-spread support was evident by the extensive renovation of the building carried out by volunteers with mostly donated materials. We plan to finish the interior, transport woodworking equipment to the island and provide power. The current bunkhouse community kitchen consists of a five foot counter with a sink and a gas range, totally inadequate for our gatherings of forty or more. Its age and deteriorating condition is a challenge to keep sanitary. For the last few years this has been a topic of discussion at our AGMs, with our membership supporting, with labour and donations, the building of an extension to the bunkhouse which has currently been completed to lockup. We now need to finish the interior and install and equip the kitchen. These projects will serve the residents of the Discovery Islands who have few community (and no commercial) facilities for recreation or socializing.

Surrey Women's Centre Society

Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team: Women's Safety Patient Navigator

The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team is an interdisciplinary team of medical, legal and social service practitioners that provides 24-hour emergency crisis response to abused women and children. As a key member of the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team, the Women's Safety Patient Navigator addresses gaps within the health care system that limit access to critical medical care immediately after an assault. This project helps women and children navigate the health care system by: i. expediting access to specialized forensic medical services; ii. facilitating the continuity and coordination of care among health practitioners; and, iii. addressing barriers affecting compliance with follow-up treatment upon discharge from the hospital. The Women's Safety Patient Navigator plays a key role in the identification, screening, and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault during a critical window of opportunity - the time between admittance to the emergency room and discharge from the hospital.