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

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 […]

Salt Spring Joins 20,000 Homes

Salt Spring Community Services has signed onto a national initiative that strives to house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. The 20,000 Homes Campaign starts from the evidence-supported premise that permanent housing is a necessary first step to helping people work on the underlying problems that can cause homelessness, such […]

New Housing Needs Survey Highlights Local Challenges

A family housing survey completed last month confirmed that many Salt Spring Island households are challenged to find suitable and secure housing within their financial means. The survey, conducted by Salt Spring Community Services, considered the full range of long term housing needs – from very low-income households looking for rentals to dual income households wanting to […]

Mental Health and Housing on Salt Spring

Prepared by Salt Spring Community Services Executive Director, Rob Grant, for a Chamber of Commerce event February 26, 2015 on organizational goals and local involvement. Salt Spring Island Community Services

Salt Spring Community Steps Up to Fund Shelter

The Country Grocer led campaign in partnership with the Legion has successfully closed the shortfall in funding the emergency shelter on the island for every night of the winter ‘In From the Cold’ is composed of an overnight shelter and evening meal hosted at the site of their main facility on Ganges Hill at 268 […]

Salt Spring Island Community Services Seeking Input to Family Housing

January 30, 2015 – Salt Spring Island Community Services will spend a month collecting detailed information about local family composition, income and housing needs to inform the planning for their new affordable housing development on Salt Spring. The information is needed to fill the gap in available data from other official sources since the long […]

Country Grocer Matches Donations

Beginning today on January 21, Country Grocer will match donations to the Salt Spring Community Services ‘In From the Cold’ program. The program offers emergency shelter and food for the homeless on Salt Spring Island.  For more information on the program please see In From the Cold. Please also see more information on How to […]

Affordable Family Housing Project

Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) is planning a new, affordable family housing project for a 5-acre property the organization owns within the Ganges Village area and adjacent to an established trail to Drake Road and Mouat’s Park. Currently, local families earning between $40K – $60K annually are challenged to find safe, secure and appropriate […]

Outreach worker Jordan Lessick on the importance of outreach

Housing First Project Aimed at Ending Homelessness

Salt Spring Island is poised to develop a plan aimed at addressing mental health, 
addictions and homelessness with a new Salt Spring 
Community Services initiative. Federal funding is allowing them to initiate a ‘Housing First’ approach, 
increasingly recognized as a successful approach in combating the problems.  A 
‘Housing First’ model puts homeless people into housing […]