emergency housing

RainCity Housing’s emergency housing provides temporary shelter for people living on the streets, who are living with mental illness, addiction or have experienced trauma in their lives.

triage shelter

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.

Some history…

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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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.

Please check back here in the winter months for up to date information.