Who We Are
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 providers addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness with the goal to ending homelessness.
HSABC envisions an end to homelessness by working collectively to connect those experiencing homelessness with appropriate housing and supports.
HSABC’s mission is to unify, support, and strengthen outreach, drop-in and shelter services through training, coordination, networking, program implementation and research.