MOST invites you to connect with them and ask any questions, share any concerns in person at any of the upcoming Provincial Homelessness Awareness week events:
- Sunday October 13th Community Bingo Night at Copper Hall at 7:00 pm
- Thursday October 17th at the Mission Connect Event BBQ behind Haven in the Hollow on Logan Avenue 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Mission Outreach Team (MOST) is an award-winning interdisciplinary team in Mission made up of RCMP, Bylaw and a cross section of social services professionals including mental health, housing and homelessness, Indigenous services, Income Assistance office and many more.
This team meets monthly to address street level issues, coordinate public education and stigma reduction events and stay ahead of patterns that effect community health and safety such as extreme weather and setting up adequate winter response. Winners of the Premier’s Award in the category of Partnership and Innovation.
This team’s work around camp management has directly effected the scale of homelessness in Mission to not grow to the size and scale we see in neighbouring communities and MOST is frequently consulted with by other communities who want to learn how we do things here.
There are hundreds of reasons people end of homeless and each reason demands a different course of action and response. We have always had and will always have homelessness as entry points are connected to so many reasons that are out of our control.
We lack adequate Provincial infrastructure to even begin to come close to the diverse needs that are out there. No one group is a complete solution without that infrastructure, so we do our best to support people in a way that maintains hope and connections to support accessing the resources and services that do exist.
The District of Mission is a key partner at MOST and supports this table in dealings with BC Housing and efforts to fast-track new housing builds whenever funds are available by the Province for this.
In addition to monthly MOST meetings, MOST deploys a street team at least once per week of boots on the ground members who walk into the bushes, into camps, under bridges, down by the river and anywhere else required to find people, explain their options and assist people to navigate the system for the supports they need. We know our street population well and are currently conducting a Housing Needs Assessment to have more complete community level data that is unique to Mission and necessary for Provincial funding applications.