The Streets to Homes program (S2H) uses a Housing First approach to move individuals who are experiencing cyclical homelessness directly into housing in the private market through a comprehensive landlord support system. Individuals receive a rent subsidy as well as case planning and supports to ensure they remain housed and progress towards self-sufficiency.
The program began as a pilot project initiated by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (Coalition) in late 2009. Following the successful 2 year pilot, S2H received 3 year funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria as well as grants from BC Housing, The City of Victoria, The Victoria Foundation and the Coalition. Pacifica Housing assumed ongoing administrative responsibility of S2H in January 2012.
The program is a partnership between the Coalition, BC Housing, Our Place Society, Pacifica Housing, Salvation Army, Victoria Cool Aid Society, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Island Health and the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.