The Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy (GVSS) has delivered a Homeless Seniors Community of Practice (CoP) since 2012, in response to the increasing number of seniors that in shelters and outreach services a cross Metro Vancouver.
The CoP developed a Housing Framework to guide the development of housing for seniors who have experienced homelessness with seven Preferr ed Practices for Housing Sites. This framework was developed in the light of CoP dialogue sessions recommendations and a literature review 4 that was conducted by GVSS. To further strengthen the framework recommendations, a series of interviews were conduc ted with seniors experiencing homelessness. They were asked about their accommodation needs as well as the factors that are associated with the ability to maintain housing.
This report outlines these enhancements and makes a call for action to those invol ved in the creation of housing for vulnerable seniors.