Charities in this fund provide front-line and long term support for those who are homeless. Shelters provide essential services and protection from the elements, while health and housing charities offer a pathway to stability.
The Bloom Group responds to the most urgent needs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Their services meet the immediate needs of the individuals such as food and shelter, while providing programs to reduce homelessness, offer end-of-life care, support those with addiction and mental health challenges, and help women-led families to stay together during crises. Last year, they provided over 300 units of affordable housing, 33 units of semi-independent housing for residents with mental health related issues, and 47 units of licensed mental health care residential facilities. They also provided emergency shelter for 375 women and admitted over 200 individuals to their hospice for end-of-life care.www.thebloomgroup.org
Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides healthy food for those in need in Vancouver. Last year, they distributed 4 million pounds of food and supported 8,500 people every week. They also provide food to over 80 community agency partners and served over 40,000 individuals through these partners.www.foodbank.bc.ca
Surrey Food Bank provides food assistance to low-income individuals in the Surrey and North Delta area. For clients who are unable to go to the food bank due to mobility issues, the organization offers delivery of their food hampers. Last year, they provided over 50,000 hampers and over 4600 cans of baby formula to the community.www.surreyfoodbank.org
Coast Mental Health provides resources to help those struggling with mental health illnesses. They provide housing, food, employment, and education programs to help in their clients' recovery process. Last year, they saved 111 client lives through overdose reversals and first aid provided on site.www.coastmentalhealth.com
Lookout Foundation provides many services to individuals coping with a variety of challenges including poverty, mental illness, substance use, trauma, mental or physical disabilities, chronic illness, and financial and legal issues. Their programs include medical and dental clinics, food bank, needle distribution and community cleanup, HIV and Hepatitis C support, and employment programs. Last year, they provided shelter to 2,852 individuals, housing to 1,176 tenants, received over 21,000 overdose prevention visits, served over 410,000 meals, collected over 46,000 needles, and received 187,385 visits to the supervised consumption sites.www.lookoutsociety.ca