Who We Are

Learn more about the CCRN’s guiding principles, our mission, our structure, and some milestones we have achieved as a community.

The CCRN is a collaboration. We have been meeting every week since March 2020 with no end in sight building stronger relationships and better understanding of our community’s needs. Whether through our weekly meetings, in-person gatherings, or dedicated working groups, our aim is to foster a network where collective impact and collaboration thrive and we see systemic positive change in the Downtown Eastside.

The Coordinated Community Response Network (CCRN) brings together a diverse group of DTES organizations, partners, and individuals to respond to crises with the community and collectively coordinate to address the intersecting and multiple challenges in the neighbourhood.

  • The CCRN is a people-centred network focused on building respectful relationships together in a collaborative environment. We aspire to use the diversity of our voices and experiences to promote holistic and equitable approaches to community response. 

  • We desire to respond to community needs and problems with an immediate short-term response and long-term advocacy that disrupts the current deep-rooted systemic issues in the neighbourhood. 

  • The CCRN is committed to practicing decolonizing approaches to crisis response and collaboration. We acknowledge our role and responsibilities as individuals and non-profits on Indigenous land and the need to do our own learning and decolonization work to better allies to Indigenous communities and participate in authentic forms of reconciliation in the DTES.

  • We are committed to anti-racist, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed work. Therefore, when responding to community concerns, we utilize guiding questions to ensure we find appropriate approaches to response informed by the above intersectional principles.

The CCRN is an open meeting and network that anyone living, working and advocating for the DTES can attend. We have a diverse group of members including non-profit housing groups, social service organizations, government representatives, businesses and social enterprises, and community advocates and residents. This collective of voices brings diverse approaches, opinions, and experiences into one space to promote authentic collaboration and connection.

  • Housing Solutions: Identifying short and midterm housing solutions for the DTES.
  • Women’s Safety: Advocating with multiple stakeholders to ensure women and gender-diverse folks are safe and supported in the DTES.
  • CCRN Communications/Media Response: Collaborating on a CCRN plan for communications and shared media across multiple organizations. Identifying how we can collaborate together to share stories from the DTES.
  • Government Advocacy: Identifying specific strategies to advocate to government audiences on important issues in the DTES.
  • Alternative Emergency Response: Collaborating with organizations working on identifying new ways forward in emergency response for the neighbourhood.
  • St. Paul’s Development: Advocating with multiple stakeholders on the impacts St Paul’s will have on the DTES community and working on solutions to mitigate these impacts.
  • Hope Hart, CCRN Coordinator
  • Steve Johnston, Community Impact Real Estate Society, Facilitator
  • Jennifer Johnstone, Central City Foundation, Facilitator
  • Bobby MacDonald, Union Gospel Mission (UGM), Facilitator
  • Michelle Lackie, Exchange Inner City, Facilitator
  • Sean Miles, Binners’ Project, Facilitator

Community Milestones