Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach Program
Homelessness is on the rise across Canada and the most prevalent demographic is seniors. Since 2008 the number of homeless seniors has increased 75%.
Hollyburn, in partnership with municipal governments and local businesses, is proud to provide a variety of housing solutions to seniors on the North Shore.
Hollyburn’s Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach Program provides assistance to seniors (over 55) that are homeless, or at risk of losing their homes. This includes seniors with complex needs around health, mental health, addictions, elder abuse, and financial management.
Outreach workers are available to help find appropriate and affordable housing, fill out application forms, make connections to income supports, and provide referrals to mental health care or primary healthcare providers as needed.
The goal of the program is to:
- Prevent senior homelessness on the North Shore.
Support vulnerable North Shore seniors in maintaining stable housing and active community participation.
Improve linkages and communication between seniors’ service provider agencies and increase the capacity to collaboratively support this vulnerable population.
Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach Program is a recipient of the 2013 United Way Celebration of Community Award for Seniors and the SFU Gerontology Elder Abuse Awareness to Action Award.
Supporting Seniors To Remain Housed
Supporting Seniors to Remain Housed is a critical program in our community's effort to reduce homelessness. This program provides longer term interventions on the North Shore to address seniors with chronic tenancy issues which leaves them at risk of homelessness. These issues are typically due to complex needs which may be related to health, cognitive functioning, isolation, depression, mental health, elder abuse and financial management.
The program offers life and social skill development, financial management, nutrition support, elder abuse awareness, mentorship training and community engagement opportunities.