Listed below are some of the accomplishments of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness.
– Operated extreme weather shelter (2016-2017)
– Hosted the Coldest Night of the Year Walk
– Hosted Project Connect Health Fair
– Extreme weather shelter operated from November to March.
– SOS was chosen by BC Housing to host the HPP in part because of the direction and success of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness.
– Hosted a Housing First training event with Housing First specialist, Karen Poffenroth, from Calgary attended by agencies from Vancouver Island.
– Supported ICCS to bring the Coldest Night of the Year Walk to Oceanside. This event raised $26,259 with 200 walkers participating.
– Project Connect Health Fair increased communication and coordination among a number of agencies which led to a formalized agreement from many service providers to create the Homelessness Outreach Support Team known as HOST.
– Over 15 people now have housing as a direct result of the work of the task force.
– Operated extreme weather shelter from November to March.
– Service provider housing assessment brought together all local service agencies with BC Housing to enable introductions and understanding of clientele demographics and the specific housing needs experienced as an agency.
– Community forum on the needs-assessment.
– Task force was contacted by Costco to help bring fruit and vegetables to our community. The Salvation Army was able to pick up and distribute to clients at the soup kitchen, food bank and through Manna Homeless on Saturdays.
– Sleep Outside Challenge and Project Connect Health Fair facilitated community collaboration.
– Attended second Canadian Conference to End Homelessness in Vancouver to learn more about Housing First practices with a rural focus.
– Supported ICCS to apply for funding and awarded a seconded round of HPS funding to develop and initiate a Housing First system – the beginning of the Housing First team.
– Operated the extreme weather shelter from November to March.
– A point-in-time count identified 67 individuals as homeless or at risk. The numbers showed consistency and due to the nature of the count were under-representative of the actual situation.
– Supported the SOS to apply for federal funding
– Awarded Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding to do a needs assessment, raise community awareness, and build inter-agency collaboration.
– Attended first Canadian Conference to End Homelessness in Ottawa to learn about Housing First practices and community strategies to end homelessness.
– Service provider community mapping event.
The extreme weather shelter operated from November to March and community forums held in Parksville and Qualicum Beach were the first community conversations around homelessness.
Under the auspice of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, the first extreme weather shelter was opened in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Society of Organized Services. The extreme weather shelter continues to operate from November to March each year.
The first point-in-time homeless count was conducted with 68 individuals identified as being homeless or at-risk. A point in time count is done in one day at a few locations and is dependent on individuals coming forward to be identified.