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  1. Editor's Message: Housing and Homelessness

    [Visions Article]

    Housing is fundamental to mental health. A decent, affordable, safe and private space- a home- to call your own can be so easy to take for granted. Having it doesn't make life perfect, but it's hard to work on other parts of your life, including ...

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  2. Health and Housing

    [Visions Article]

    We immediately said 'yes' when asked to guest edit this issue of Visions. The topic of housing for people with mental illnesses and addictions is a key direction for both BC Housing and housing providers such as Pacifica Housing Advisory Associa ...

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  3. Housing Glossary

    [Visions Article]

    These definitions are adapted from ones found in key literature in the field. We hope they will help readers outside the housing/rehabilitation fields to better understand some of the terms used in this issue. They are purposely brief and in plain languag ...

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  4. The Faces of Homelessness Across BC

    [Visions Article]

    Homeless people have become familiar faces in BC's suburbs and cities. However, homelessness is also a problem in small, rural communities. While the most visible homeless are those living on the streets, many more people live in poor-quality housing ...

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  5. Against the Odds

    [Visions Article]

    A new study 1 of almost 800 street-involved youth found that while their lives are often filled with danger and difficulty, these young people are working hard to try to build a better future. ...

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  6. Substance Use: Pathways to homelessness? Or a way of adapting to street life?

    [Visions Article]

    For decades, researchers have been examining the dynamics of homelessness and substance use. While estimates of alcohol and drug use rates among the homeless vary considerably, 1 there is agreement among experts that homeless people have much higher rates ...

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  7. Homelessness

    [Visions Article]

    For those of us living in big cities, the sight of people panhandling for change, binning for empty bottles and sleeping on sidewalks has become all too common. Though a large portion of the actual urban homeless population isn't on the streets, 1 th ...

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  8. Applying for Subsidized Housing in BC

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    The wait for subsidized housing can be long and stressful. There are many more people on the applicant list than there are homes available. Over 80,000 people in British Columbia currently receive housing subsidies from BC Housing. As of March 31, 2007, t ...

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  9. Lookout Emergency Aid Society

    [Visions Article]

    Who would have thought, in 1971, that the need to get high-risk people off the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside would expand to the point of needing several shelter, residential and support programs reaching across the Lower Mainland? No one ...

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  10. Pacifica Housing Services

    [Visions Article]

    As team leader for Pacifica Housing Services, I provide support, guidance and mentoring to our terrific team of outreach workers and community support workers. Our job is to find housing for people who, for many reasons, cannot find appropriate housing on ...

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