What do we do?
Spirit of the Children Society offers Homelessness Prevention services to Indigenous families who are at risk of losing housing. The Housing Support Team will work with the family to assess needs and establish goals to related to housing in a cultural approach, empowering and guiding families to options available based on their resources and needs. The Housing Support Workers will also provide advocacy and holistic support to ensure the families’ basic needs are met, including referrals to other agencies for furniture, clothing, food and other services as required.
Requirements For Our Program
This program is specifically for Indigenous families who live in the Burnaby, New Westminster, and Tri-Cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam) area. Based on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) definition of the populations at imminent risk of homelessness, we provide support services to those who are facing the following:
- Individuals or households facing eviction, with a poor rental history and insufficient cash reserves or assets to sustain housing
- Breakdown in family relations, including separation, conflicts between parents (caregivers and children), and/or episodes of violence; where one or more parties have insufficient cash reserves or assets to sustain housing
- Individuals due to be released from institutional care who do not have arrangements made for safe and permanent accommodation upon release. Institutional care includes criminal justice system, medical/mental health institutions, residential treatment programs or child protection.
* NOTE: If these individuals have no fixed address and a history of homelessness, they may fall under the definition of chronic and episodic homelessness (AKA Housing First). See our Housing First Youth Program
For more information, contact Blaine Kane (Housing Program Manager) or Ed Lam (Housing Intake Worker) at 604-524-9113.