Homelessness Initiatives

Housing is a basic human need.

The 2018 Point in Time count estimates that there are approximately 1,500 homeless people in the Capital Region.

While funding solutions to homelessness such as outreach, shelters, and supportive housing is primarily a role of the provincial government, the City works with regional partners and all levels of government to address solutions to homelessness and housing availability.

The City of Victoria continues to partner with the federal, provincial, and regional governments through the Regional Housing First Program. This partnership has earmarked $90 million in funding, which will provide more than 2,000 new rental units in the region with mental health and addiction services provided by Island Health as required.

The City of Victoria is also currently implementing the Victoria Housing Strategy to increase the supply of housing and encourage a diversity of housing types. This includes bylaw changes to allow for the creation of new rental housing such as Garden Suites and Secondary Suites, prioritizing purpose-built rental units through City processes, and creating a new Inclusionary Housing policy to encourage more affordable housing in new developments.

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is a partnership of local service providers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and all levels of government working to address the region's commitment to end homelessness.

The City of Victoria also provides support to a number of organizations that work with individuals experiencing homelessness.

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