Homeless to Sheltered - Victoria Updates

As part of efforts to help people who are living outside to move inside, BC Housing continues to work with partners to find more indoor spaces for the approximately 220 people staying overnight in parks throughout Victoria. This website section will be updated regularly with new developments and information. 

Moving Progress

Update as of May 12, 2021

  • Number of moves completed May 11*: 0
  • Number of moves completed the day before: 0
  • Number of people moved indoors since December 2020: 181


*Reflects the number of people who have moved from Victoria parks into shelter. Reporting dates are typically one day behind due to the volume of moves and staff double confirm that people are checked-in to their new spaces. This process can take over a day.

Indoor space creation 

A total of more than 300 sheltering spaces are open or will be opening soon: 

  • Save-On-Foods Memorial centre   
  • Youth Hostel  
  • Capital City Centre Hotel 
  • Shelter spaces 
  • Cool Aid  
  • 225 Russell Street 
  • Tiny Homes Village  
  • Rent supplements  
  • Other vacancies

Recent Announcements 

 

Neighbours and residents who have questions that are not covered below can contact us at communityrelations@bchousing.org

Reporters and media should email media@bchousing.org.

 

Are there enough spaces for everyone? 

BC Housing and the City of Victoria have secured enough spaces for the 220 campers identified in February as living in city parks. In total, BC Housing at its partners have secured more than 300 sheltering spaces and rent supplements to support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.   

How are people matched to spaces? 

BC Housing and community partners will make shelter offers to campers living in city parks who have filled out a housing application. The shelter offers will provide details on where the campers are to go and the supports that will be provided to them. We have made every effort to match campers with shelters that meet their needs. 

How will people be supported in the move? 

BC Housing and the City of Victoria, along with our partners, are meeting people where they are and assisting them with their transition to the shelters. This includes packing, transportation and removal of unwanted possessions. 

When will people move? 

Moving people indoors has been underway since early April and will continue through until mid-May.  

What long-term supportive housing solutions are available? 

BC Housing and our partners recently announced more than 280 supportive housing spaces through six projects in the Capital region, including more than 190 spaces in the City of Victoria through four projects. These projects will be opening within the next few years and support a pathway to permanent housing.