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November 15, 2012
Dawn to Dawn, a non-profit organization committed to ending homelessness in the Comox Valley, has received $174,000 from the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), money which came to the regional district from the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to help the homeless and build healthy communities.
In August, the CVRD issued a request for proposals (RFP), seeking qualified proponents for the purpose of housing homeless and near homeless people in a “scattered housing” model with case worker or outreach worker resources that have the ability to connect clients with community services. A select committee of the CVRD board assessed the proposals received, and recommended the proposal from Dawn to Dawn to the board. Members of the select committee signed non-conflict of interest disclosure statements to ensure transparency and fairness in the selection process.
“The proposal from Dawn to Dawn was exactly what we were hoping for,” said Edwin Grieve, CVRD board chair and member of the select committee. “In a scattered housing model, housing is provided in apartments scattered throughout a community, with connection to supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education and employment. It doesn't answer every aspect of addressing homelessness, but it does meet the goal of ‘housing first', and that's an important part of the continuum.”
The board approved the award at its in-camera meeting on October 30, 2012.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Edwin Grieve, Chair