History

Shelter Net BC (SNBC) is a provincial, membership driven organization whose purpose is to provide support to, and enhance the capacity of, organizations in British Columbia that serve the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. SNBC provides training, networking opportunities and research to homelessness service providers across British Columbia. Our mandate is to build the confidence and capacity of those who work with our most vulnerable populations.

SNBC began in 1999 as a provincial, grassroots movement by shelter providers that saw a need for training, networking, and the development of best practices. The movement began with a meeting in New Westminster, British Columbia, that brought together leaders in the shelter sector province-wide. Once the SNBC concept was formed, a board of directors was elected and the SNBC agency was created. In 2001 SNBC obtained charity status, secured funding, and hired a coordinator to manage the vision of the newly formed SNBC organization.