Today, we revisit a popular topic on this blog - the homeless. Of course I don't mean popular because we love it, but popular because it is a big issue that many organizations are working on.
This time, we go to RainCity Housing in Vancouver to see what they're doing to fulfill their vision of "a home for every person".
You may have seen the recent online article by Take Part about bus benches that convert to shelters for the homeless. This is only one of the innovative solutions RainCity provides!
As they state on their website, "The homeless are not homogenous. By offering a variety of housing and support options, RainCity Housing can ensure that appropriate, supportive environments are available to our clients." These environments include emergency, transitional and long term housing. They also have housing designed to meet the unique needs women and people living with mental illness, addiction or other health challenges.
Although their focus is "housing first" other services provided include community outreach to the chronically homeless, food support and life skills classes on issues such as medication administration and money management.
Statistics from their site show that last year alone
149,845 meals were served
58,968 interactions were recorded, all leading towards personal goals
29,660 shelter stays were provided
180 people previously homeless were assisted in securing independent housing