All BC Housing programs are for Indigenous people; however the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program is for the disproportionate number of Indigenous peoples who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
About the program
The outreach workers come from Indigenous, community-based organizations. They are able to connect people and provide services from an Indigenous perspective.
The Program is part of a province-wide service that includes the Homeless Outreach Program (HOP) and Homeless Prevention Program (HPP). It is a program managed by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), non-profit housing providers and friendship centres.
Cost: None. Services are free.
Am I eligible?
Services are available to you if:
- You are an individual or family that does not have a fixed address
- You are living and sleeping in public spaces, including on the street
- You need a place to stay in extremely wet or cold winter weather
- You haven’t found a place to stay since you left a hospital, rehabilitation centre, treatment centre, or correctional facility
- You need a place to stay so you can leave a situation where you are financially, sexually, physically, or emotionally vulnerable
- You are living in a temporary situation where you don’t know how long you can stay, for example, sleeping on a couch at a friend’s house, or in a place without a rental agreement
- You have found temporary housing, but need to find something more long-term
- Your landlord gave you notice to move out and you need assistance to find a new place to stay
You may also qualify for the Homeless Prevention Program, which assists with access to housing and community-based services.
- Outreach services are for anyone aged 19 years and older
- Youth 18 or younger can talk to an outreach worker for further information
In both urban and rural regions of British Columbia, outreach workers meet with people to listen to their housing and health needs, connect and/or introduce them to required services, and try to match them with housing that’s appropriate and available.
Outreach workers can offer:
- Immediate outreach help, which may include a referral to an emergency shelter for a place to sleep, wash, and eat
- Case-planning help to assist you get identification, receive income assistance, and set housing goals
- Connections with culturally appropriate services and/or Indigenous community linkages
- Assistance with finding housing options and provide support with the application and move-in process (rent supplements may be available to support this process). Outreach workers may accompany you to appointments and/or housing viewings
- References to support services such as health care, counselling and addiction recovery
- Help with more permanent housing options, including supportive housing and subsidized housing
- Being a resource for housing providers or landlords and being able to answer their questions and concerns
- Ongoing support as required
Who to contact
Find an Indigenous Outreach Worker in your community or go to the nearest Emergency Shelter and ask to speak to staff.
You can also contact an outreach worker through the Homeless Outreach Program