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New supports, services for people experiencing homelessness

Budget 2022 investments to address homelessness include the following actions:

Complex care:

  • $164 million over three years to expand government’s complex-care housing model from four pilot sites to at least 20 sites, with plans to support up to 500 people.
  • These spaces will help people with severe mental health, substance-use issues or traumatic and acquired brain injuries who are currently homeless or unstably housed.

Supported Rent Supplement Program:

  • Introducing $600-per-month rent supplements with integrated supports, such as health care, food services, laundry, life skills and employment training, to help people with low incomes access private market housing.
  • The program aims to support 3,000 people by 2024-25.

Community integration specialists:

  • Reallocating $62.8 million to more than double the current number of community integration specialists in B.C., from 73 to 190 to help people experiencing homelessness navigate services where they live and co-ordinate other supports.
  • They will be hired throughout the province, including in communities hosting the new complex-care housing sites.

Supports for youth in care:

  • $35 million over three years for improved supports for youth and young adults in and from care, until age 27, who are at risk of homelessness. These include:
    • maintaining the current COVID-19 temporary emergency housing measures up to a young adult’s 21st birthday, allowing them to stay where they are living or transition to independence when they are ready;
    • providing new $600-per-month rent supplements;
    • expanding the Agreements with Young Adults program to include counselling, medical benefits and more life-skills programming;
    • improving income supports, including a no-limit earnings exemption; and
    • hiring new youth transition support workers who will assist youth in care from age 14 until their 27th birthday.

Permanent Housing Plan:

  • $264 million over three years to ensure housing support continues for the approximately 3,000 people who were temporarily housed in leased or purchased hotels and other spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
    • $63 million in capital funding and $51 million in operating funding over three years to acquire and implement permanent housing solutions.
    • $150 million to continue to extend the temporary spaces for some individuals while permanent housing options become available.

New minimum shelter rate:

  • A new minimum shelter allowance for people receiving income assistance or disability assistance will help people experiencing homelessness with incidental expenses.
  • The minimum rate for a single person is $75 per month. It increases based on the number of people in the family. For those who are not receiving a shelter allowance, a minimum shelter allowance will be automatically added to assistance payments starting in April 2022.

Tenant startup kits:

  • To help people moving from homelessness into more stable housing, government will fund a provincial non-profit organization that will partner with local service providers to provide tenant startup kits.
  • The kits will include items, such as dishes, bedding and cleaning supplies.