The Triage Shelter is RainCity Housing’s first line of housing support for the homeless. The Shelter provides emergency housing and care for people living with mental health, substance use and other challenges. The Triage Shelter has been in operation since January 1, 1982. It moved to its current location at 707 Powell Street (the north east corner of Powell and Heatley) on July 1, 1993.
Clients are able to stay longer than at most shelters, which gives shelter staff time to help folks access appropriate support services based on their individual needs and circumstances. An average the length of stay at the shelter can range from 3 days to 6 weeks. Referrals are accepted from individuals themselves, hospitals, community service providers, health-care practitioners, employment assistance workers and other local shelters.
Every client gets their own private room, which is a unique feature of the Triage Shelter. There are 28 shelter rooms, each with its own window, bed, lamp, night stand, easy chair and secure wardrobe. Triage is staffed 24 hours a day by trained and experienced staff members who liaise with doctors, mental health teams, counselors and other professionals.
The clients at the Triage Shelter have often been turned away from other shelters and housing organizations due to their complex health needs. At the Triage Shelter, staff respect each individual client, and work with every person who comes to the Shelter to help them regain a sense of dignity and self worth.
If you know someone who is in need of assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Triage Shelter for further information, 24 hours a day, at 604.254.3700.
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sunshine coast temporary shelter and outreach services
Our Outreach Services (a team of two, currently) work with as many as 45 individuals and there is access to five rent subsidies. They provide support to individuals while working closely and proactively with the community, family and additional service providers. Staff collaborate with each person and their support network to ensure that goals are self-identified.
- Alicia, Manager: 778.978.6092
- Nick, Outreach Worker: 604.740.1290
Folks needing to stay at a shelter stay at St Hilda’s Anglican Church during the winter months. They may be currently or chronically homeless, are trying to make the leap to market housing, and living with mental illness and addictions. Staff also co-ordinate supports alongside the great work of the Sunshine Coast Homeless Advisory Committee.
The people on the Sunshine Coast actively use social media to stay in touch and alert each other about what is needed. Check out the Sunshine Coast Homeless Outreach page.
In the spring of 2016 we began providing outreach services on the Sunshine Coast. This stemmed from the need of an extreme weather shelter and the realization that when it closed for the season, there was still the need for supports in the community.
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maple ridge temporary shelter
In October of 2105 we opened a temporary shelter in Maple Ridge in order to address the need in that community. Initial for only six months, it’s now operating until March 31, 2017, while the Municipality and the Province determine next steps.
The shelter is for folks from Maple Ridge who have been homeless, some for months and others for years. Most people staying at the shelter are under 30. The staff work with the 40 individuals staying there and assist them with accessing permanent housing in Maple Ridge.
The space is a former mattress shop. It’s one large room where each person has a cot and a small amount of space for belongings, with a small office for staff. Three meals a day are prepared off site and delivered daily. Washrooms and showers are located in a Britco trailer adjacent to the mattress shop. The shelter is located at 22239 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
- Landline: 604.466.8338
- Ash Healey, Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
vancouver winter response shelters
Each Winter since December 2008, we have set up temporary low barrier shelters in different neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver to address homeless populations in those neighbourhoods.
This winter season we are operating two shelters:
- 1st and Commercial Temporary Shelter, 1648 East 1st Avenue
- Landline: 604.251.2771
- Pat Aylesworth, Manager: email@example.com
- Hornby Temporary Shelter, 1401 Hornby Street
- Landline: 604.915.5079
- Nate Maxfield, Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both are open 24 hours a day and fully staffed. People staying there receive three meals a day, have access to laundry facilities, showers and washrooms, and staff work closely with each person to try and access housing. The funding lasts until April 30, and both places close on or before that date. The amount of support, compassion and donations we’ve received from communities throughout Vancouver has been overwhelming. Huge thanks to the good citizens of the City of Vancouver!