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Our Housing Story

Housing is the Health Network's major priority for 2018.

Scroll down to learn more about how we became involved in housing and what we have and hope to achieve.


 

2015

In 2015 two community forums were held in Campbell River and housing was identified as a priority issue at both. 


 

2016

Following the forums in 2015, the Health Network hosted a meeting for members of the housing and homelessness sector in January 2016.


 

Jan 2017

At a meeting hosted by MLA Clare Travena on February 17, 2017, the need for further discussion was identified. The Health Network offered to host follow-up meeting, which was endorsed by those at the meeting. 


 

June 2017

In June 2017 the Health Network hosted a meeting to discuss ways to collaboratively move forward. The importance of working towards collaborative action were highlighted. 

Next steps identified include:

  • Securing funding to hire Coordinator
  • Creating a plan that leads to action
  • Forming a Coalition/Steering Committee
  • Support for existing housing organisations, such as Homes First
  • Consultation with communities not represented, such as the early years, seniors, regional and reomote communities, and First Nations

See the meeting notes for more information.


 

What we heard

The SCHN Coordinator met with many people in the sector as well as other communities who have collaborative housing projects. Learnings from other communities include:

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Invite the right people - if we want to create housing projects in our communities we need managers and decision-makers at the table

 

July 2017

The Table of Partners resolved to ask the Regional District Board to release funds from an Island Health Wellness Grant for population-level interventions to address the social determinants of health to develop a Regional Housing Affordability Plan. This was approved by the SRD Board in August 2017.


 

Oct 2017

The Table of Partners approved the Housing Project Plan and the formation of a Technical Committee to provide expertise.


 

Dec 2017


2018 Activities

 
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In June 2018 the Housing Needs Assessment was received and the results shared at two community forums held at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Download the full report here.

Forum to share findings from Housing Needs Assessment


In February 2018 Urban Matters and BC Communities started work on a Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

Key outcomes:

  • determine current need, demand, and supply of housing
  • identify and assess current housing and supports across the continuum within the region, including government-subsidised housing (emergency shelter beds, supportive housing, transitional housing, subsidised housing, and low cost rentals), non-market housing, and market housing
  • importantly, it will help position communities to undertake collaborative projects, as well as leverage external funding and support
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An online survey was one of the ways information was collected, as well as interviews with key informants and people with lived experience of homelessness and housing insecurity.

Key dates:

  • Start - Jan 2018
  • Consultation: February - May 2018 
  • Delivery of Housing Needs Assessment - June 2018
  • Information Dissemination - Summer and Fall 2018

Communications:

  • The broader Health Network community will be kept up to date with public consultations through the website and our email newsletters - visit Mail Chimp to check if you are on the mailing list
 

The importance of setting up strong processes for collaboration has come up in all our meetings and consultations. 

With the support of BC Healthy Communities and United Way - North Island, we will be holding a meeting to learn about the collaborative processes in other communities. The idea is to have a backbone selected and a collaborative group ready to submit a Homelessness Prevention Strategy application for a Coordinator when the next funding round opens in October 2018. 

Key outcomes:

  • Collaboration
  • Action
  • Implementation of Housing Needs Assessment

Key dates:


Further to the meetings held in 2016 and 2017, we have started a series of meetings with non-profit decision makers to discuss forming a collaborative housing coalition in Campbell River:

Thursday, February 8th at Maritime Heritage Centre:


How did we get here?

Dec 2017


 

Oct 2017

The Table of Partners approved the Housing Project Plan and the formation of a Technical Committee to provide expertise.


 

The Table of Partners resolved to ask the Regional District Board to release funds from an Island Health Wellness Grant for population-level interventions to address the social determinants of health to develop a Regional Housing Affordability Plan. This was approved by the SRD Board in August 2017.

Jul 2017


 

The SCHN Coordinator has been meeting with many people in the sector as well as other communities who have collaborative housing projects. Learnings from other communities include:

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Invite the right people - if we want to create housing projects in our communities we need managers and decision-makers at the table

`What we heard`


 

In June 2017 the Health Network hosted a meeting to discuss ways to collaboratively move forward. The importance of working towards collaborative action were highlighted. 

Next steps identified include:

  • Securing funding to hire Coordinator
  • Creating a plan that leads to action
  • Forming a Coalition/Steering Committee
  • Support for existing housing organisations, such as Homes First
  • Consultation with communities not represented, such as the early years, seniors, regional and reomote communities, and First Nations

See the meeting notes for more information.

Jun 2017


 

Jan 2017

At a meeting hosted by MLA Clare Travena on February 17, 2017, the need for further discussion was identified. The Health Network offered to host follow-up meeting, which was endorsed by those at the meeting. 


 

2016

Following the forums in 2015, the Health Network hosted a meeting for members of the housing and homelessness sector in January 2016.


 

2015

In 2015 two community forums were held in Campbell River and housing was identified as a priority issue at both. 


 

Strategic Plan: Housing and Homelessness

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Access to appropriate and affordable housing is fundamental to well being. In 2015, Island Health reported that 46.1% of renters in LHA Region 72 and 52.6% of renters in LHA Region 84 are spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Since then housing pressures in the region have continued to increase. Studies such as the Shared Care MHSU Report from 2016 have started to show what anecdotally the Network has heard: that housing pressures in Campbell River are forcing people on low incomes to move to regional centres that are more affordable, but that have less access to services such as transportation, grocery stores, and health services.

There are a significant number of community groups, non-profits, and service providers active in the homelessness sector in Campbell River. There is a gap in collaborative planning, shared data measurements, and multi-sectoral collaboration around social housing across the region, especially as it relates to families, seniors, women, and those living in remote and rural areas.

Action on housing and homelessness were identified as a priority area at both Health Network forums in 2015. There are significant gaps in housing, housing insecurity and homelessness data across the region.

Data sources: Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (June 2015), Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (November 2015), Island Health LHA Report 84, Island Health LHA Report 72, Campbell River Vital Signs, City of Campbell River Homelessness Report (2015), Shared Care MHSU Report (2016), Housing Central Affordable Housing Plan for Strathcona (2017).