What Matters in Cowichan

  • 55% of renters in Cowichan spend more than 30% of their income on housing. This is 10% higher than the BC average.

  • There are zero youth shelter beds available, so youth facing homelessness have nowhere to sleep.

  • 30.8% of youth and children under 18 years old live in poverty in Duncan. 

  • 14% of people are without access to enough affordable, nutritious food.


Together, We're Building Stronger Communities

 A thriving community is one where people feel supported and connected; it's a place where everyone has the chance to live with dignity, find joy, and succeed. When we help people support themselves, we lift up our entire community.


We're working to implement a multi-year Community Plan to address homelessness, create an Indigenous Housing First program, and providing 6,000 breakfasts a year for those facing homelessness. Housing loss prevention for people at imminent risk of homelessness is also provided. Funding is from Employment and Social Development Canada.

As a member of the Cowichan Coalition to Address Homelessness and Affordable Housing, we’re participating in the implementation of the Cowichan Community Plan through three streams of action:

  • to address chronic homelessness
  • to prevent homelessness in vulnerable groups
  • to expand the supply of affordable housing throughout the Cowichan region

As a member of the Cowichan Communities Health Network we work with local organizations, non-profits and governments to create change by identifying local health issues and bringing together people and resources to develop community-based solutions.

In response to the urgent need for a women’s shelter, based on the high number of women facing homelessness, the Cowichan Coalition to Address Homelessness and Affordable Housing, United Way and the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society pursued funding from BC Housing. Through School District 79, a permanent location for the shelter was found and has now been approved by the Municipality of North Cowichan, providing beds for 15 women.

YOU Fund 28 Programs

Your donations are helping 15581 people across Cowichan this year.

Overcoming Poverty


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  • Support for Indigenous Agencies

  • Food Bank Program

  • Youth & Young Adult Support Groups

  • Activity Centre

Successful Youth
(Middle Years 7 - 24)

  • Indigenous-led Programs

  • Youth Mentoring

  • Parenting Programs & Support Groups

  • Girls’ Empowerment Program

  • Early Literacy & Tutoring

  • Life Skills Program

  • Suicide Prevention

Strong Communities


  • Affordable Housing

  • Parenting & Caregiver Programs

  • Crisis Counselling & Grief Support

  • Transit Assistance Program

  • bc 211 Referral Service