Message from the Mayor
Homelessness is more than sleeping rough. It includes people who are without shelter, in emergency and temporary accommodation, and living temporarily in severely overcrowded accommodation. In 2014, the City of Abbotsford committed to supporting homelessness in our community through a Housing First approach and ensuring that everyone in Abbotsford has a home.
This 2022 Homelessness Action Plan updates the work that has been done since 2014 and provides an overarching framework with immediate and longer-term actions to prevent and reduce homelessness throughout our community.
As part of this plan, the City will continue working with senior levels of government and wider community partners to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. This means working closely together to support individuals, families and vulnerable residents at risk of experiencing homelessness at crucial points, such as insecure tenancies, leaving prison or hospital. Where homelessness occurs, individuals, families and vulnerable residents need quick access to stable housing and support services to stay housed and improve wellbeing.
Homelessness in Abbotsford will not be solved overnight and not by government working alone. This is why we remain committed to working with our local service providers, individuals, families and social service agencies in our community to build on the progress we've collectively made to date.
View the Executive Summary below or to download an Executive Summary Booklet
Five High-Level Goals
There are five high-level goals in the Plan. Each goal has corresponding actions which are summarized below: