The John Howard Society of North Island offers a range of programs and services including homeless outreach and prevention, a program that connects people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with housing and community-based support services. Almost 50 per cent of the organization’s housing clients are seniors.

“I would like to see a bigger strategy, across the province, to address the whole range of homeless issues – including specialized care at one end, the low-barrier housing, more affordable family housing and more housing for seniors. We are shocked by the high numbers of seniors that are coming in our doors – either homeless or fearful that they’re about to become homeless.” — Wendy Richardson, executive director, John Howard Society (North Island)

Candace Lindhout is the John Howard Society (North Island) homeless prevention worker in Campbell River, a city that is known for having among the lowest housing vacancy rates in all of British Columbia. Low vacancy rates mean that rental homes are very hard to find. Candace spoke with People First Radio along with Wendy Richardson, executive director for The John Howard Society of North Island.  Listen and/or download below.

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