The Seniors Services Society of BC (SSSBC) has over fifty years of experience in providing older adults 60+ with information and guidance on housing and support program options to enhance their lives and help them live comfortably and thrive. Housing Navigation services are available for seniors across BC through the Seniors Housing Information and Navigation Ease (SHINE) partners. Outreach support, Temporary Housing Program and Homeless Prevention Program are offered to seniors in the Greater Vancouver area. Locally, support services that include friendly support calls, grocery shopping assistance, meal delivery, medical transportation and light housekeeping are offered to seniors in New Westminster. Learn more.
To connect older adults with individual supports and housing-navigation services to enhance their lives.
Approach being tested
SSS staff focus on facilitating social connections between neighbours as part of a wraparound suite of integrated, practical supports for seniors addressing social isolation, housing navigation, transportation, food insecurity, housekeeping, and physical activity.
One pilot is taking place in a BC Housing-managed building in New Westminster. City staff will partner at this building to provide additional supports, such as emergency preparedness assistance and a “digital inclusion” project to help seniors access information about financial assistance, government benefits, and health services.
SSS is leading a similar pilot in three Brightside Community Homes Foundation buildings in Vancouver in collaboration with Brightside staff.
Participating communities, buildings, and residents
- New Westminster, Vancouver
- Four buildings total
- Non-profit, rental
- Total number of units – 227
- Across all four buildings, approximately 80% of residents are older adults