Located within the main Merritt office at 2196 Quilchena Ave, the Housing Outreach Team is here to work with community members who need support to maintain or find safe and secure housing. Through funding provided by BC Housing and local fundraising efforts, our Housing Outreach Workers can provide damage deposit assistance, funding for emergency repairs, funding for security deposits, and rent subsidies. This financial support is not intended to be ongoing, but rather for situations that leave a family or individual in a position that potentially could lead to them facing homelessness, lose access to food, and/or negatively impact their health. We also work with individuals to develop life skills, such as budgeting, basic cleanliness, and communication skills with the goal of assisting to succeed in maintaining their housing.
For those who are not able to access the residential tenancy market due to mental health, substance use, or other factors, the Housing Outreach Team serves as a first point of contact for those who need supportive or transitional housing.