Homelessness

As the cost of living, particularly the cost of housing, continues to rise in the City, so does the risk of homelessness. As a member of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force, the City works in partnership with other North Shore municipalities, Vancouver Coastal Health, service providers, and other interested agencies to address the root causes of homelessness and provide housing and support services for the homeless.

The North Shore Housing Centre, operated by Lookout Society, provides 25 shelter beds and 25 transitional housing units. Located on a site owned by the City, the City contributed funds from the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund, in addition to waiving Development Cost Charges and other City fees, to help facilitate the project. The City also provides annual funding in support of community outreach programs for homeless individuals.

In 2013, a large outdoor mural designed and created by internationally acclaimed street artists, homeless shelter resident and local youth was unveiled on the side of the North Shore Housing Centre building. Titled "Word to Your Motherland", this collaborative process allowed the lead artists to share their personal experiences and the ways in which they pay respect to their homelands by creating cross-cultural artistic works. Youth and shelter residents were encouraged to express their own experiences within the mural art. The mural was also a creative solution to address graffiti challenges, transforming an unsightly wall into a community showpiece that celebrates multiculturalism and promotes tolerance.

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