Homelessness in Richmond
There are many factors that may lead someone to experience homelessness, including lack of income, lack of access to affordable housing options and medical services, traumatic events, addiction issues, physical health problems, or mental health concerns. Homelessness is a difficult experience and causes physical and mental suffering. It is not something that most people would want to experience for themselves or their loved ones.
The City of Richmond is committed to working in partnership with senior levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors, to help meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in Richmond. Recognizing that senior levels of government have the primary responsibility of providing funding for homeless prevention programs, services and affordable housing, the City is committed to remaining a local leader that works with community organizations to ensure that homelessness in Richmond is rare, brief and non-recurring.
The City of Richmond is currently in the process of completing an updated Homelessness Strategy, which will guide collaborative work within the homeless-serving system in Richmond over the next ten years. On May 13, 2019, the Draft Richmond Homelessness Strategy was approved by City Council.
In May and June 2019, the City is leading public engagement activities to seek input on the Draft Homelessness Strategy. There are several ways to get involved, including:
- Participating in an online survey posted from Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 9; and
- Attending a public open house on Wednesday, June 5 at the Richmond Cultural Centre from 4:00-8:00pm.
Input provided through these activities will be taken into consideration as the City prepares the final Homelessness Strategy.
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.
The City is working in partnership with The Salvation Army and BC Housing to support the renovation of a building to provide a new emergency shelter 12040 Horseshoe Way. This shelter will provide 30 accessible beds for men and women experiencing homelessness in Richmond. Please visit Richmond’s Emergency Shelter relocation and expansion project for more information.
For the past several months, a number of people experiencing homelessness have been living in tents at a variety of sites in the Hamilton area. Currently, a group has established a site on vacant City property at 23560 Westminster Highway. The city is closely monitoring and managing this site. For more information please visit Hamilton Camp.
Safety and Public Spaces
The City continues to monitor public spaces to ensure they remain clean and safe for all residents to use. The City has an established process in place for the safe disposal of needles. If you find a needle in a public space, please notify the City’s Public Works Department for disposal. They can be reached at 604-244-1262 during business hours and at 604-270-8721 after business hours. In addition, Vancouver Coastal Health provides information regarding safe needle disposal on their website.
- 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.
For more information regarding homelessness in Canada, visit The Homeless Hub.
- 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