Our Community Support Initiatives (CSI) came about in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and works to support people with complex needs as they transition to the community from prison. Working in collaboration with BC Corrections and BC Housing, CSI provides personalized support to individuals identified as eligible for release and sets them up for a safe and successful transition by:

  • Assisting to find and maintain safe and secure housing
  • Assisting with employment, education, filing taxes, applying for identification, navigating social systems such as provincial income assistance, and life skills
  • Connecting individuals to key community support services including referrals for substance abuse treatment and mental health supports
  • Supporting individuals to locate available doctors, dentists, mental health services, and other health services
  • Assisting in arranging transportation from prison to accommodations upon release
  • Reduce experiences of isolation
  • Providing information on an individual’s rights and responsibilities in the community
The goals of our Community Support Initiatives are to:
  • Support people reintegrating from prison with their self-determined needs and goals by connecting them with individualized services in the community
  • Advance public safety
Admission criteria:
  • Currently be on remand or sentenced at a provincial correctional centre in BC
  • Have a bail hearing scheduled in the next three to eight weeks
  • Have no listed fixed address at time of release or a history of homelessness
  • A willingness to actively participate in the program, and with outreach staff

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