Homelessness is a complex social issue with many facets that are individual to each person who experiences it. Unfortunately, Abbotsford isn't alone in experiencing these challenges on a local level. Homelessness is a regional, inter-regional, Provincial and National challenge.
The City of Abbotsford has a role in advocating with senior levels of government, participating in regional and inter-regional efforts to enhance the community infrastructure, and developing policy and funding for solutions to end homelessness. The City of Abbotsford partners with local service providers, agencies and senior levels of government to address this very important social issue in our community.
In 2014, Abbotsford City Council’s Task Force on Homelessness developed a plan with the goal of ensuring that everyone in Abbotsford has a home. While the importance of having emergency supports in place for people who have become homeless is understood, the focus of this plan is to create conditions that prevent homelessness and quickly support those who have become homeless.
Since the finalization of the Homelessness Action Plan in 2015, work has been focused on developing the Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System (AHPRS). The City of Abbotsford continues to work collaboratively with the Federal and Provincial Government, BC Housing, Fraser Health Authority, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, local housing and service providers, community organizations, and local businesses to mobilize the implementation of the Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System (AHPRS), which includes initiatives on homelessness, housing, and community integration.