Homelessness Action Week is an annual week-long campaign held in over 20 communities across British Columbia, Canada. The first Homelessness Action Week began in 2006 to increase participation and public support for solving homelessness by government, the private sector, communities and individuals. The week promotes initiatives and projects that directly affect communities in a positive way, holding events for and about people who are homeless.

The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition brings together the organizations, citizens and governments that support our most vulnerable residents. Together, the coalition works to end homelessness while diminishing the harm it causes to individuals and community. The Coalition also organizes and hosts activities during Homelessness Action Week. Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is a Nanaimo Homeless Coalition partner and participant. Read Nanaimo’s Action Plan to End Homelessness here [opens to PDF].

Nanaimo Homelessness Action Week Events

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society — Social Media Campaign
October 13 to 19, 2019
Social media messaging across six streams, including three Facebook pages, two Twitter streams and one Instagram stream. Messages include content from Nanaimo’s Action Plan to End Homelessness and associated fact sheets.

Island Crisis Care Society — Coffee & Conversation
October 16, 2019
9:30am – 11:00am
#3 – 1200 Princess Royal Ave, Nanaimo, BC
Through housing and outreach programs, Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) helps people in crisis stabilize and find the support, resources, and services they need to recover and be well. All Nanaimo residents are invited to sit down with the dedicated team at ICCS, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, learn more about their programs and ask questions about how they’re working to help homeless citizens in Nanaimo.

Us & Them — Free Film Screening
October 17, 2019
VIU’s Nanaimo Campus – Building 250, Room 125
6:00pm film screening
7:30pm Q&A with Krista Loughton, producer/director of Us & Them
Filmmaker Krista Loughton befriends four chronically homeless people on the streets of Victoria in an effort to help them heal their lives. These four people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. Us & Them is a film about transformation through human connection.
Hosted by United Way Central Northern Vancouver Island, City of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University
For the full trailer, visit www.usandthemthefilm.ca

The Salvation Army — Open House
October 17, 2019
11:00am – 1:00pm
19 Nicol St, Nanaimo, BC
Learn more about what really goes on at The Salvation Army, meet the team and find out how they’re working to help the community in Nanaimo. Everyone is welcome to stop by for appies and a tour of their facilities.

Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society — Open House
October 17, 2019
Noon to 6:00pm
285 Prideaux St., Nanaimo, BC
The Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society has been feeding people with dignity and respect since 1985. Their Meal Program provides a hot nutritious breakfast, homemade soup, plus a brown bag lunch to go that is served by community volunteers to those in need. The public is welcome to join their patrons, volunteers, staff and board for soup and sandwiches while learning more about their important work.

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