What We Do

Honouring the sacred sentiment of Remembrance,
while serving, promoting and acting

Homeless Veterans

The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to helping Veterans and their families in need find homes. There are national and provincial programs that offer financial assistance and support for homeless Veterans and those at-risk of homelessness.

How we can help

Trained Legion Command Service Officers can assist with the following:

Finding suitable accommodation: BC/Yukon Command works closely with Veterans Affairs Canada, shelters and community organizations to get Veterans off the street and into temporary and/or long term accommodations.

Financial assistance: Through the Poppy Fund, housing support is provided through financial assistance for items such as first and last month’s rent, rental arrears and furnishings.

In addition, Legion Branches and Commands across the country support numerous initiatives to help homeless and near homeless Veterans in their communities. From outreach programs, to working with local organizations and first responders to identify and refer Veterans to the Legion, to supporting housing and food banks, Legion members are the ‘boots on the ground’, helping homeless and near homeless Veterans get the support they need.

Help is available

If you, or a Veteran or family member you know is homeless or at-risk of homelessness, contact the Legion:

Phone: 604-575-8840 or
Toll-free: 1-888-261-2211
Contact a BC/Yukon Command Service Officer

 Operation: Leave the Streets Behind” Program

“Leave the Streets Behind” is the Legion’s national homeless Veterans program that started out of Ontario Command. The program’s mission is to reach out to homeless Veterans and those at-risk of homelessness and provide them with immediate financial assistance and support. It also connects them with the social and community services to establish a long term solution to meet their needs.

While “Operation: Leave the Streets Behind” program is operating in Ontario, British Columbia/Yukon, Alberta/North West Territories, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia/Nunavut and New Brunswick Commands, supports and services through the Legion are available for homeless and near-homeless Veterans and their families across the country.