Who We Are and What We Do

Our History

The Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) was created through the merger of Shelter Net BC (SNBC) and the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy Society (GVSS) in 2017.    SNBC was established in 1999 as provincial, grassroots movement by shelter providers who identified a need for training, networking, and development of best practice.  GVSS was formed in 1998 as a regional network of Metro Vancouver organizations responding together to meet the needs of people who are homeless or at risk focused on coordination of the Extreme Weather Response program and research.

HSABC continues to build on the legacy of both organizations and is a solution-focused, member-driven organization supporting shelters, drop-in centres, homeless outreach teams, and other service provider addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness with the goal to ending homelessness.

Our Vision 

HSABC envisions an end to homelessness by working collectively to connect those experiencing homelessness with appropriate housing and supports.

Our Mission 

HSABC’s mission is to unify, support, and strengthen outreach, drop-in and shelter services through training, coordination, networking, program implementation and research.

Our Values

HSABC’s core values are:

  • Compassion
  • Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Helpfulness
  • Respect

What We Do 
HSABC’s key areas of focus include:

  • Training – we provide skills training and professional development opportunities to build the confidence and capacity of the homelessness serving sector across BC
  • Program Implementation – we coordinate and implement programs such as the Extreme Weather Response Program to increase shelter beds available during critical weather conditions, as well as supporting the sector to deliver other essential services for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Conference and Networking – we provide networking opportunities to build resilience and connectivity across the sector
  • Research – we develop and implement research and evidence-based best practices to address the causes and solutions to homelessness
  • Sector Support we unify and strengthen the voice of the sector to represent distinct and unique regional perspectives, and approaches addressing the needs of diverse communities experiencing homelessness