"A Safer Place to Be." A pilot project for community support and inclusion.
Port Hardy, B.C. - Summer/Fall 2022 In alignment with the Kwakwaka'wakw/Mount Waddington region's Substance Use and Recovery Services Plan and the innovative Mount Waddington Rural Homelessness Assessment, multiple agencies, First Nations and the District of Port Hardy have come together to pilot a project of "A Safer Place to Be" to support people who are currently suffering from the impacts of Substance Use and/or homelessness. The goal is to connect vulnerable people with a safe, public location to better connect with services and service providers, and lessen the friction between vulnerable people and the public and businesses in downtown Port Hardy.
In winter 2022 the District of Port Hardy will be hosting a town hall to discuss the current situation, the past good work of service providers and the community goals we're sharing in piloting equitable solutions, using a trauma-informed lens.
This is a complex situation with many perspectives - and we value every community perspective on this. Please consider reading up on the literature around community-based care, and the vision for a healthy community, and then join us for the community forum when the date is announced. Please standby, or contact the Health Network for more information.
Thank you, gilakas'la,
The Mount Waddington Health Network.
Angela Smith, MWHN Coordinator.