Extreme Weather



Vision
We envision accessible, high quality temporary shelter and outreach services, connecting people with appropriate housing and supports.


The Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy upholds seven core values:

  • All people should have access to permanent, appropriate housing.
  • When people become homeless, rapid re-housing is a priority.
  • People should be able to be sheltered or housed in the community of their choice.
  • When required, people should have supports to maintain their housing.
  • When needed, people should have access to temporary shelter that is safe and healthy.
  • People using homelessness services deserve respect and dignity, including opportunity to make own choices.
  • Commitment to service excellence.


The Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy achieves results in four key areas:

  1. Enhance service effectiveness;
  2. Focus on long term solutions;
  3. Continue to improve access to homeless services;
  4. Continue to meet needs for networking and coordination.

These strategies and action on the associated 15 goals are intended to help achieve our shared intention: to provide services and resources toward ending homelessness.


  • Developed the draft 2013-2016 Strategic Service Plan, with input from GVSS member agencies.
  • Carried out the first year of the Homeless Seniors Community of Practice project, engaging front line agencies and others involved with addressing the crisis of growing numbers of homeless older people.
  • Secured 3-year funding partnerships with the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
  • Produced a summary report of Towards Aging in Place
  • Organized two successful dialogue sessions
  • Continued to support extreme weather response in 9 sub-regions, providing coordination of additional facilities made available during critical weather conditions