Safe communities are a fundamental requirement for businesses to operate, and The Chamber applauds news that Greater Victoria is getting 100 complex care spaces. Housing is the foundation for helping people experiencing homelessness, but many also require support with mental health and addictions. Complex care is a good step toward reducing pressure on healthcare and policing, and making our communities safer.
"The pandemic has shown us that mental health challenges affect all of us, including people who haven't had access to the support they need," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "We've been clear from the start that solutions such as complex care are needed to help people successfully escape the cycle of homelessness and addiction. We're grateful for this investment in our community, and look forward to working with our partners to get to the root of this complex and challenging issue."
An increase in property crime and reports of violence throughout the pandemic are tied to the larger issues of housing and mental illness. "The first step in stabilizing a person who is self medicating, living with an addiction and without shelter is to provide stable housing and specific supports for their challenges," Williams said.