Indigenous Reaching Home: VNFC Community Entity


April 1st, 2022, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) became the Community Entity (CE) for the federal Indigenous Reaching Home funding stream through to March 31st, 2024. Indigenous Reaching Home is a community-based program, aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. The CE provides funding access to organizations in support of the delivery of holistic and culturally appropriate services to meet the unique needs of urban Indigenous People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Call for Indigenous Community Advisory Board (ICAB) Members

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity?
The VNFC as a Community Entity for Indigenous Reaching Home is looking for leaders like you to join our board of advisors.

Our volunteer board has been the strategic heart of our program, ensuring that in our work for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, we deliver real results, respond to changes in our community, and always deliver the highest ethical standards to be worthy of our Indigenous Community.

If you are Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis, status, non-status) and identify with one or more of the following areas, we’d like to talk with you! 

   -Have lived/living experience with homelessness

   -Energetic, entrepreneurial, community-minded business people who    are not already overextended with other commitments

   -Community leaders with experience in the Indigenous Non-profit Sector

   -Astute government advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding, and legislation

   -Leaders at our partner agencies in criminal justice, child and youth services, mental health, substance use, and co-related fields of work who are interested in building strong programs with us.

   -Health Care Professionals: pediatricians, public health, health associations dedicated to helping our unhoused population

  -Scholars/academics who want to put their knowledge to work in the community

 If you hold yourself to high expectations, you’ll find board service very rewarding! We are looking for folks who will:

   -Attend up to six board meetings annually

   -Actively engage with the ICAB and Reaching Home Administrative staff to assist in the selection of proponents for funding calls

   -Advocate for our needs in the community and among your colleagues and peers

   -Be curious to learn more about the field of homelessness 

If you are interested in being considered for our advisory board, please contact Katherin Cooper at

VNFC Community Entity is pleased to announce SOLID Outreach Services, QOMQEM Coastal Connections, and SIEM LELUM as the recipients of the Government of Canada’s Winter 2023-24 Unsheltered Homelessness One-Time Response Funding call.


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How to Reach Us

8:30am – 4:30pm
Monday to Friday

Program Administrator:
Karryn Hall (

Community Engagement Coordinator:
Katherin Cooper (

Tel: (250) 812-2739

Indigenous Community Advisory Board (ICAB)

The CE brings together members from local stakeholders to form an ICAB and develop a community plan. The ICAB has established priorities to prevent and reduce Indigenous homelessness in the community, encourage collaboration, identify priorities through planning, and approve partnership projects to receive funding from the Community Entity.

VNFC as Community Entity (CE)

The Community Entity has the responsibility to implement the community plan, solicit project proposals, approve projects, contracts, monitor all agreements with third-party service providers, and prepare contribution agreements, report on its activities and disbursements, collect and share data and information and report on the community results.


Reaching Home | CRD

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness. Officially launched April 1, 2019, the Government of Canada’s homelessness program supports the most vulnerable people in the Capital Region by improving access to safe, stable and affordable housing.

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Contact the Reaching Home Program today for more information