Homelessness in Richmond
Homelessness is the situation of an individual without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or without the immediate prospect, means, and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioural or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless and the experience is generally negative.
The Homeless Hub
The City recognizes the challenges in addressing homelessness. The City cannot solve housing affordability issues and homelessness alone, but can play a key role in partnership with senior government, who have primary responsibility, the private and non-profit sectors.
- The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count was last conducted in in 2017 and estimated that there are 70 homeless individuals. This is an 84% increase since 2014.
- Non-profit housing and service providers in Richmond estimate that there are currently more than 120 homeless individuals in Richmond.
The City of Richmond completed a Homelessness Needs Assessment and Strategy in 2002 and a review of Emergency Services & Transitional Housing in 2015. The City will be updating the Homelessness Needs Strategy in 2018.
For more information on Richmond’s emergency shelter relocation and expansion project, please click here.
Rapid Response to Homelessness
In the on-going effort to address local affordable housing needs, BC Housing and the City of Richmond have partnered to provide housing and services for Richmond’s most vulnerable residents. BC Housing through its Rapid Response to Homelessness Program and the City through its Affordable Housing Strategy, are committed to ensuring everyone has a place to call home. Please visit Rapid Response to Homelessness for more information.
- Assisted Housing Facilities
- BC Housing’s Extreme Weather Response Program
- Salvation Army Richmond Men’s Shelter
- Chimo Crisis Services Nova House
- List of shelters in Metro Vancouver
- Provincial Women’s Shelters
- Richmond Food Security Society
- Homeless Partnering Strategy
- BC Housing: Emergency Housing information
- Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness Discussion Papers