It takes a village to create homes

By Bill Briscall | April 1, 2019

On Friday, March 29 we were part of the official opening event for the first of two modular housing projects in Chilliwack. It really does take a village to make changes and only by working together can we address crucial issues like addressing homelessness. All levels and types of government, people throughout the community sharing …

Spring has sprung – and so has our new website!

By Bill Briscall | March 20, 2019

Welcome to our new website! Our last site launched in 2008, along with our new name and logo. Back then we had eight different programs all operating in Vancouver. Now we provide 24 unique programs and services and we do this in over ten municipalities. So we’re really happy we have a new site that …

We’re opening up a Shelter in Gibsons on Dec 12!

By Bill Briscall | December 11, 2018

The shelter will have space for 15 beds and be open from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. We will have a dedicated phone line for the shelter, 604-989-9314, and our staff able to respond to inquiries round the clock. We want to provide meals, and have created an online sign-up for community members who want …

The Jubilee Rooms Reopens its Doors

By Bill Briscall | July 1, 2018

We are very happy to be reopening the Jubilee rooms and being able to move people indoors and into safer and more secure accommodation than they’ve had for a long time. At the opening a number of people wanted to know why we’re excited about this new project.   “When people move indoors, and they’re connected …

Using Google Streetview to see what’s changed, and what can be done!

By Bill Briscall | June 22, 2018

Today we’ve launched our campaign vancouverstreetview.ca, an interactive site where you can see how homelessness has increased in the Greater Vancouver Area. The technology allows users to toggle between Google Street View images taken in the last four years and see how the number of people identifying as homeless has increased across Metro Vancouver. The initiative …

Our Overdose Prevention Site is open!

By Bill Briscall | May 24, 2018

Earlier in May we opened a new overdose prevention site — the only such site connected to a hospital in the province, and the only spot in Vancouver outside the Downtown Eastside where people can use drugs with clean equipment under the supervision of trained professionals and peers. They can even have their drugs tested for fentanyl …

Our Sechelt Shelter moves to a Hostel

By Bill Briscall | December 22, 2017

The communities on the Sunshine Coast keep on giving and giving. Last month the owner of the Upper Deck Hostel offered the space (larger than the current shelter) as a shelter until permanent housing is built.It opened a week early due to the cold snap, so there’s still work to be done. But it feels …

Announcing our Clinical ICM Team! What does ICM mean, again?

By Bill Briscall | February 17, 2017

On April 1 RainCity will begin operating a Clinical Intensive Case Management (ICM) Team in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. This Housing First outreach team will assist people in locating places to live that are a little more affordable while building and maintaining relationships with landlords. There are 40 rent supplements that help ensure folks can …

A Peer’s Perspective in the Downtown Eastside

By Bill Briscall | November 16, 2016

RainCity Housing is excited to announce we are partnering with Vancouver Coastal Health to embed peers in nine care teams in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The peers will be hired, managed and supported by us at RainCity and hired over the next few months. RainCity defines Peers as people who are representative of the diverse population …

3030 Gordon is OPEN!!

By Bill Briscall | December 18, 2015

All the rumors are true! Thanks to the amazing crew at Ventana Construction, the building was completed on time, which means that this week we were able to begin moving folks from the mat shelter currently set up at the Alliance Church directly into our shelter! The Tri-Cities News had a tour before we opened …