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Housing First

January 16 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm

When the cost of housing has literally “gone through the roof” how do low-income individuals and families manage to survive? What are some of the creative ideas being developed, to help those most at risk to find stability in their lives, and strengthen our communities?

Mayor Lisa Helps and Our Place Director Don Evans are playing critical roles in tackling this important issue, and will share their experiences, insights and ideas at the Canadian Club of Victoria’s first luncheon of 2018.

Lisa Helps was elected Mayor of Victoria in 2014, after serving one term on Council. She previously served as Executive Director of Community Micro Lending, and as board member and board Chair of Fernwood NRG, which created affordable housing for families.

Don Evans has been Executive Director at Our Place Society for almost six years. Before coming to Victoria, he worked at First United Church Mission in the downtown eastside of Vancouver where he began to understand the connection between poverty, mental health and addiction.

He will be discussing a new initiative that Our Place plans to launch next year – a 50-bed therapeutic recovery community that will break the devastating cycle that many people are caught in between the street and the jails. He also hopes to share some learnings in providing shelter to tent city residents over the past couple of years.

The luncheon is open to the public. Reservations required by January 12.

Reservations: Phone (250) 370-1837 or reserve on Eventbrite


January 16
11:45 am - 1:30 pm


The Canadian Club of Victoria


Comfort Inn
3020 Blanshard Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8T5C7 Canada
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