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SRD Receives Funding to Support Community COVID-19 Response

A collaborative working group has received a financial boost from grant funding through the SRD to further COVID-19 response for vulnerable populations. 

Campbell River, BC –A collaborative working group led by the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness (CRDCEH) and Strathcona Community Health Network (SCHN) has received a financial boost from grant funding through the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) to further COVID-19 response for vulnerable populations.  The $3,000 per month funding will assist the Coalition in providing staff support for emergency planning and secure equitable access to food, shelter and services for those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

“The SRD recognizes the current needs of our communities and is proud to assist with the efforts of the CRDCEH and SCHN,” says Strathcona Regional District Chair Michele Babchuk.  “These additional funds will significantly improve our ability to assist our most vulnerable populations during this time.”

The creation of the CRDCEH emerged from findings of regional housing assessments and engagements facilitated by the SCHN in 2018. The SCHN initiated the CRDCEH with key supports from the Strathcona Regional District, City of Campbell River and Island Health in 2019. The SCHN and CRDCEH continue to work together towards housing initiatives through engagements, urban Indigenous housing dialogues and advocacy for affordable housing and secondary suites.

The CRDCEH has been coordinating an intersectoral collaborative COVID-19 response group for vulnerable populations that works to address concerns associated with the pandemic.  With diverse representation, from frontline physicians to Aboriginal housing outreach workers to First Nations, municipal and regional governments, this working group is part of a global effort to respond equitably to COVID-19.

As part of a Provincial strategy to find appropriate shelter for vulnerable populations, Emergency Management BC has approved a Strathcona Regional District application, supported through the Strathcona Community Health Network, to assist CRDCEH coordination capacity. The invaluable efforts of the CRDCEH in streamlining communications and coordination between service providers has enhanced the collective impact to support vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time.

For more information concerning this initiative, please contact Kristi at the CRDCEH by email campbellriverhousing@gmail.com or visit www.crhousing.net.

To learn more about the Strathcona Community Health Network projects and reports contact Erica Benson at ebenson@srd.ca or call 778-348-0762 or browse www.strathcona-chn.net.

Media contact:
Aniko Nelson
Strathcona Regional District – Senior Manager, Community Services
250-830-6708   |   anelson@srd.ca