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Homeless Needs Survey – Complete Research Report Issued

News Release – For Immediate Release: April 19, 2007

Victoria – The final research report of the Homeless Needs Survey, “Housing First – Plus Supports”, was released today by the Victoria Cool Aid Society, Community Council, Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe, and Saanich Councillor Judy Brownoff who represented the Capital Regional District.

The purpose of the Homeless Needs Survey (held February 5-9) was to gain a deeper understanding of what people who are homeless or unstably housed feel they need in order to find and maintain housing. Based on the survey of 815 homeless and unstably housed individuals in the Capital Region, from Sooke to Sidney and Salt Spring, the research report makes six basic recommendations:

  • Create a range of affordable housing options in the Capital Region.
  • Provide intensive community support for housing.
  • Provide a range of harm reduction and treatment services.
  • Provide income supports for people who are homeless or unstably housed.
  • Provide short-term solutions during the transition to affordable housing.
  • Engage the broader community in solutions.

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Homeless Needs Survey – Preliminary Enumeration and Survey Results

News Release – For Immediate Release: March 2, 2007

Victoria – The Homeless Needs Survey, which was held from February 5-9, has identified 1,115 persons in the Capital Region who were homeless or unstably housed. [Note: Later revised upwards to 1,242.]

The following table summarizes the enumeration and survey results:

Children (<16) Total
Male Female Transgender
Homeless 480 142 2 73 46 743
Unstable Housing 172 133 3 43 21 372
Total 652 275 5 116 67 1,115

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Community Council Joins Homeless Needs Survey Research Team

News Release – For Immediate Release: January 17, 2006

Victoria – The Victoria Cool Aid Society is pleased to announce a research partnership with the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria. Researcher Jane Worton has joined the team organizing the Homeless Needs Survey to provide guidance and assistance in research design, research implementation, statistical analysis, volunteer training and report writing.

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