The full report on the 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver provides new details on homelessness prior to the pandemic. Data shows number of people experiencing homelessness changed little from 2017; however, the changes brought on by COVID-19 mean the final report may not adequately reflect regional homelessness. Indigenous people and racialized groups continue to be over-represented among those experiencing homelessness. The Full Report is available for download here.
As climate change transforms global ecosystems, our awareness and ability to take action on the climate emergency is of the highest importance. Reflecting on the news coming out of Australia, Vancity wanted to find a way to help their co-op cousins.
The Province of B.C. has granted $10-million to the Vancity Community Foundation to develop a sustainable provincial rent bank program. Rent banks provide emergency low- or no-cost loans to help renters facing eviction. The funding announced earlier today by the Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, means more renters facing short-term financial difficulties will soon have better access to assistance from community rent banks.