Ready To Rent

Ready to Rent Course March 28

Extreme weather response shelter opens early

The Salt Spring Island Emergency Shelter is open during the storms of October 13,14, 15 due to a BC Housing announcement that funding would be available to open early due to the extreme weather conditions being experienced in the region currently. The shelter is located at the main Salt Spring Island Community Services site at […]

Point-In-Time Homeless Count Report

Point-In-Time Homeless Count

On the night of February 10, 2016 there were at least 83 people experiencing homelessness on Salt Spring Island.  The seasonal emergency shelter on Salt Spring Island ended the 2015/16 winter season and closed on March 6, 2016.  As of that date 2400 people had accessed shelter services with an average of 20 people per […]

Emergency Shelter Taken Out of Action

Outreach Building at SSICS

The latest hit on an already overburdened program to shelter Salt Spring Island homeless has taken the facility used for the ‘In From the Cold’ shelter out of action temporarily. “Salt Spring Island Community Services regrets to announce the discovery of the presence of an unhealthy level of mold in the building used by the […]

This Canadian City has Ended its Homelessness Problem

Canadian City Ends Its Homelessness Problem This city ended its homelessness problem, and saved money, by providing housing for every single resident Posted by NowThis on Saturday, 27 February 2016

Salt Spring Island looks for solutions amid high housing insecurity

Jordan Lessick

BRAMWELL RYAN SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. — Special to The Globe and Mail Published Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 9:19PM EST As campers prepare to be evicted from the tent city more than 100 have been calling home for months in nearby Victoria, Salt Spring Island is braced for the possibility that some of them will head their way, […]

Myth: Those experiencing homelessness are mentally ill, drug addicts, or alcoholics

Mental Health and Homelessness

Reality: While it’s estimated 25-50% of those affected by homelessness have mental health or substance abuse problems, many face different challenges. These challenges can be the product of an accident, or brought on by the ever-rising costs of food, rent, medication, and other essentials. Homelessness is not always caused by health issues.  It is often caused by […]

Project Connect

Project Connect

We’ll be hosting the annual ‘Project Connect’ at the Outreach Building at Salt Spring Island Community Services. Project Connect is an opportunity for those who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty to connect with the resources, information and some supplies to help alleviate the impacts of living with no permanent home. Service providers, information, care […]

Homelessness Action Week

Homelessness Action Week - October 11-17

It’s time to take action to end homelessness on Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. The Housing First program aims to develop long-term housing solutions for everyone on Salt Spring Island, however, an essential aspect of ending homelessness is providing emergency shelter to those in need.  Every night of the winter on Salt […]

Canada Could End Homelessness: But It’ll Cost $46/year

homeless man in tunnel

Nobody grows up with the aspiration to be the poster child for homelessness, but you take what you’ve been given, right?” Katrina Blanchard-Gervais laughs at the absurdity of it all, and she sounds more bright than bitter. After two years in homeless shelters, the mother of six now has an apartment as part of an […]