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Homelessness in Richmond

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Homelessness is the situation of an individual without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or without the immediate prospect, means, and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioral or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless and the experience is generally negative. 
The Homeless Hub

All levels of government have a role in ending homelessness and producing housing cannot be achieved without collaboration between all stakeholders and residents. 


  • The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count was last conducted in 2014 and estimated that there were 38 homeless individuals in Richmond. This Count will be conducted again in 2017. 
  • Non-profit housing and service providers in Richmond estimate that there are currently more than 120 homeless individuals in Richmond.

Homelessness Strategy
The City of Richmond completed a PDF Document Homelessness Needs Assessment and Strategy in 2002 and a review of PDF Document Emergency Services & Transitional Housing in 2015.

Richmond Homelessness Coalition
The Richmond Homelessness Coalition provides leadership in the community in order to address homelessness in Richmond by sharing information on evolving homeless needs and situations, facilitating community education and advocacy, discussing funding opportunities, and facilitating collaboration on projects and initiatives.

For more information, please contact:
Co-Chair, James Caspersen
Turning Point Recovery Society  

Co-Chair, De Whalen
Richmond Poverty Response Committee