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As part of a Homelessness Action Week initiative spearheaded by the City of Vancouver, Inland Refugee Society of BC is coordinating a two-part program aimed at better understanding current housing procedures for refugee claimants and refugees landed in Canada (past refugee claimants).
We are hosting a one-day Forum on Housing and Homelessness among Refugee Claimants and Refugees Landed in Canada for service providers, policy makers, government officials, academics, and refugees to discuss current housing policies and procedures in place through guided activities and conversation.
As a group we will critically examine the struggles that refugee claimants face during their application and settlement and propose solutions for going forward. (A light breakfast and lunch will be served and bus tickets will be available to refugees who attend).
Prior to this forum we will be hosting two guided discussion groups for refugee claimants and refugees landed in Canada. Both of these events will allow Inland Refugee Society of BC to gather data concerning the housing situation of refugee claimants. These discussion groups will be occurring on Nov. 17th and 20th. Information gathered during these discussion groups will help frame some of the discussion topics for the forum. If you are a refugee and are interested in sharing your experiences with housing, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A report will be published following each of the events with the assistance of the University of British Columbia.
Homelessness Action Week is organized by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness. The purpose of this week is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness, and rally local solutions to the issues.
Refugee claimants who have just arrived in Canada are often at risk of becoming homeless. Mayor Gregor Robertson of the City of Vancouver was quoted in a news release put out by BC Housing in 2014 that "Refugee claimants are among the highest population at-risk of homelessness in our city."
Please indicate on your ticket if you are from one of the target groups (refugee, service provider, policy maker, academic, etc) in order to ensure an equal distribution of perspectives and to facilitate a more meaningful conversation at the forum. Please email us if you have any dietary restrictions.
Contact us by email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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Inland Refugee Society of BC
The Inland Refugee Society of BC (IRS-BC) is a non-profit, non-governmental agency dedicated to assisting families and individuals seeking refuge in Metro Vancouver, BC.
When refugee claimants arrive, Inland Refugee Society is often their first point of contact. While their claim is being processed, we ensure that their immediate needs are taken care by providing refugee claimants with housing assistance, ESL and life skills classes, a weekly food bank, and other services.
IRS-BC which has been operating since 1984 is one of the oldest refugee serving agencies in BC, and is committed to helping newcomers while respecting their human rights and dignity