Homelessness affects the whole community. Homelessness doesn’t have just one cause, or a simple solution- and is too large for any one organization to address on its own.
In 2001 Nelson CARES Society helped start the Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH) to bring together the various organizations seeking solutions. We believe through communication and collaboration among various government, business and service organizations we can make a difference.
Meeting once a month, NCOH shares information about developing issues in affordable housing and homelessness affecting Nelson. The group shares best practices, discusses plans and strategies, supports plans and initiatives of its participants and collaborates to sponsor new initiatives – its own or of participating groups. NCOH also researches issues to help all stakeholder agencies make better and more effective decisions.
Working with other agencies, NCOH has successfully supported the creation of several community programs. The Nelson Food Cupboard, Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter, Ward Street Place, Our Daily Bread, Adult Support Recovery Beds, Street Outreach, Transitional Support Worker and Nelson’s first Homelessness Point-in-Time Count are all examples of initiatives that stem from the NCOH table.
NCOH’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) and projects are funded in part by the
Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.
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and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.”
NCOH projects are administered through Nelson CARES, as decided by the CAB.