The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is launching a new group working on the streets of Vancouver.
It's expanding the community safety team with an outreach program aimed at connecting with homeless residents of the city's core. It's a separate group from their downtown safety ambassadors.
"The team will work to coordinate a range of services including but not limited to specialized mental health treatment, crisis response services, general health, housing, and income support," states the organization in a press release. "Facilitating meals, showers, and clothing from local support services will also be a priority."
The team will join other outreach teams working in the city and coordinate with other organizations like the health authority, municipal government, Belkin House and Atira Women's Resource Society. Members will be trained in first aid, conflict de-escalation, and mental health first aid.
They join other outreach teams and groups, including from the city, health authority and not-for-profit organizations. The DVBIA team will focus on the area the organization focuses on.