The community is invited to the release of the 11th Annual Report Card on Homelessness at the Adventure Hotel Ballroom (parking lot entrance off of Hall Street) beginning at noon.
The Nelson Committee on Homelessness's (NCOH's) Annual Report Card tracks community indicators and trends impacting homelessness and poverty and the work being done in the community to address these issues.
These will be reported, and panellists from community services will share information on the housing and support needs they see as a priority for the community.
This year's focus is on the need for affordable rental housing for the community and for supportive housing options for the most vulnerable in our community. NCOH is now operating under a new federal homelessness program, Reaching Home, and the event will highlight the changes that will be worked on towards a more coordinated approach among services, institutions and Ministries to improve access to services for the most vulnerable and chronically homeless to help improve their chances of moving from homelessness to home and establishing more healthy lives, included in community.
Key to this will be the provision of supportive housing, now being funded through BC Housing.
Also highlighted will be the growing needs among at-risk and homeless youth in Nelson, the solutions seen by community services, and the need for second stage housing for women and children fleeing violence in our community.