RainCity operates two shelters and year round Outreach Services for people experiencing homelessness,
mental health, trauma and substance use issues on the Sunshine Coast.
For more than three decades RainCity Housing has put government funds and generous donor dollars to good use to create, implement, and manage housing and support programs that sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues, throughout BC’s lower mainland.
In the spring of 2016 Raincity began providing outreach services on the lower Sunshine Coast. They now operate two shelters, one in Sechelt and one seasonal shelter in Gibsons, and year round Outreach Services.
Their purpose is to provide support to individuals while working closely and proactively with the community, family and additional service providers. Staff collaborate with each person and their support network to ensure that goals are self-identified.
The Sechelt Shelter operates every night, has 20 spaces, and is open all year. Originally located at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church, it’s now at the former Backpacker’s Hostel.
Gibsons Cold Weather Shelter
The Gibsons Shelter is a Winter Response Shelter located at the lower level of the Arts Building in the Marine Room, with up to 20 spaces and operates from 6pm to 8am until the end March.
High Tide Supportive Housing
Hightide’s purpose is to provide transitional housing and work with program participants on their self-identified and directed goals, and liaise with community resources, including health and social services. It is a 48 self-contained units building, including eight wheelchair accessible units located on the main floor. Each unit is furnished with a bed, dresser, small table and chairs and an armchair, has a kitchenette with a microwave, hot plate and small fridge, and its own bathroom. And we welcome pets! We serve low-income individuals 19 years of age or older who live in the community, have a history of homelessness, and who need additional support services to maintain housing.
Sunshine Coast RainCity Outreach Services work with about 50 individuals and have access to ten rent subsidies. Staff also provide survival supplies such as tents and sleeping bags to people living outside and co-ordinate with the work of the Sunshine Coast Homeless Advisory Council.
These services support individuals through providing resources and advocacy in order for them to access affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast. They may be currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, are trying to access market housing, and living with mental illness and addictions.