The Binning Community in Victoria: a participatory exploration for livelihood enhancement

This is a collaborative research project on homelessness with UBC, funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The research in Victoria comprehends a participatory exploration among homeless binners in Victoria in order to enhance their livelihood options.  Methods include focus groups, surveys, interviews, and community mapping

This is a collaborative research project on homelessness with UBC, funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The research in Victoria comprehends a participatory exploration among homeless binners in Victoria in order to enhance their livelihood options.  Methods include focus groups, surveys, interviews, and community mapping.

The Homeless Needs Survey (HNS), an initiative of the Cool Aid Society (www.coolaid.org) identifed 1,115 people in the Capital Region who are homeless or unstably housed. The survey was conducted throughout the Capital Region District with questionnaires about housing needs completed by people who were homeless or living in unstable housing. The Survey provided detailed and helpful information to over 60 participating service providers in the Capital Region, and will be shared with all levels of government and other community partners to help us better meet the needs of individuals and families who are inadequately housed in Greater Victoria. The HNS included binning (informal recycling) on the questionnaire as an income generating activity for individuals that are homeless. The results from this survey provide insight into the socio-economic barriers that binners are facing, and can contribute to identifying the signifcance of this activity for poverty alleviation.

Read the CBRL report: The Binning Community in Victoria: A participatory exploration for livelihood enhancement. Project Report 2007.