Costumes for Kids Event

Vancouver Island Regional Library Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch 90 Commercial Street 90 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

The Costumes for Kids Event is a community-driven initiative dedicated to ensuring that every child can enjoy the magic of Halloween, regardless of their financial circumstances. Held on October 14th at the Nanaimo VIRL Harbourfront Branch, this event offers families a unique opportunity to browse and borrow Halloween costumes from our lending library. Our goal […]

Other Side of Homelesness

To understand how a mom with a newborn and a toddler can end up living in their car in Canada, we must first re-examine our perception of poverty and the metrics that define it. Our current system does not accurately reflect the cost of living per capita when determining poverty cut-off lines, leaving thousands of caregivers at a disadvantage. Their income might appear adequate when compared to a national average, but in reality, it falls short of meeting their needs.

Addressing homelessness among caregivers and their children involves tackling both relative and absolute homelessness. Relative homelessness refers to those living in inadequate housing conditions, while absolute homelessness involves individuals lacking any form of shelter. Homelessness is more than just a lack of shelter—it's an obstacle to health, stability, and opportunity. Our campaign is committed to creating sustainable solutions that provide not only housing but also the necessary support systems to help families thrive.

By emphasizing advocacy, community engagement, and strategic partnerships, we aim to build a future where every caregiver and child has a safe and stable place to call home.
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