HSABC Webinar: COVID-19: Emergency Housing and BC's Public Safety Order for Dismantling Camps Q&A

May 4, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Corey Ranger, Public Health Nurse, and Alynn Gausvik, Senior Director of LA Family Housing, will be on the line to discuss how to safely and compassionately transition people from homeless camps to the emergency housing and hotel rooms being provided by government, and talk challenges, on the ground experience and practical tips for outreach and frontline workers based on their experience with large camps and complex populations in Victoria, BC and Los Angeles.

The BC Government announced a public safety order on April 25th to dismantle encampments and move inhabitants to the emergency housing and hotel rooms being secured and the deadline is set for May 9th.

Alynn Gausvik has worked in homeless prevention for families, youth housing research and policy development, Housing First for chronically homeless
adults, and now Engagement for families and individuals. She was recently involved in re-homing over 1,000 people from one of Los Angeles' longstanding encampments due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Corey Ranger started his nursing career facilitating a blood borne pathogens program in the Edmonton downtown core—since that time, Corey has worked on the Harm Reduction team in downtown Calgary, implemented and coordinated HIV programming in rural Alberta, as well as the take-home naloxone project and supervised consumption services in Medicine Hat. Corey is highly driven and passionate about ethical and evidence-based approaches to public health problems. He has a wealth of experience in both formal and informal education, having acted as instructor/coordinator for the practical nursing program at Medicine Hat College. Most recently, Corey has moved back to Vancouver Island and has taken on the role of project manager for the Provincial Peer Training Curriculum project with the government of British Columbia. He has most recently been involved in advocacy, systems and frontline work in Victoria's two homeless encampments.



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