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Coleman B.C.’s homelessness initiative head – Metro US

Coleman B.C.’s homelessness initiative head

Housing Minister Rich Coleman was named as the province’s homeless czar yesterday to co-ordinate provincial and local social housing, as well as support services like health and income assistance.

The Homelessness Intervention Project aims to reduce chronic homeless-ness by aligning several ministries, health authorities and non-profits.

“We must co-ordinate our resources and use them as effectively as possible so that homeless British Columbians obtain the full benefit,” said Coleman in a release. “Through greater collaboration, we can ensure our efforts go further and work faster to target assistance where it is needed most.”

Cross-agency teams will find housing and support services for the chronically homeless by co-ordinating resources, data, and client information. They will also identify gaps in existing services.

Homeless will get priority access to health and social services in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George.

Last month, Vancouver Chief Const. Jim Chu released a paper called Project Lockstep calling for the creation of a czar to co-ordinate homeless-ness initiatives in the Downtown Eastside.

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