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Greater Vancouver Regional District

Metro Vancouver 2011 Homeless Count

Since 2002, the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness has conducted a triennial homeless count in metro Vancouver. The research process gathers detailed information on people who are homeless, allowing policymakers and service providers to target programs according to housing and support needs in each community. The next regional homeless count is planned for March 2011. Goals to improve count methodology include increasing the involvement and representation of typically marginalized and invisible homeless populations such as youth.

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Life Success Program

The Life Success Program will create transitional housing and support to assist homeless youth aged 16-24 to acquire the skills needed to live independently. The goal is to support youth with employment, education, interpersonal relationships and community integration. The project will cover the North Shore from Deep Cove to Pemberton. The District of North Vancouver has donated two houses for this project and the Society has received a private donation for capital funding to renovate.

Options Community Services

Supported Youth Independent Housing Program (SYIH)

This is a subsidized housing and support program designed for youth in the Surrey area who are 16 to 24 and do not have stable housing. The program will help youth learn techniques in maintaining stabilized housing while also receiving one-to-one life skills training support. Youth workers will also be available for support in the evening through their Intensive Support and Supervision Program.