Jessica Hannon

  • published Name Our Home in Get Involved 2018-03-19 09:51:13 -0700

    Name Our Home at Megaphone

    We have exciting news. For the first time ever, Megaphone is moving into our own office! And we need your help to get there!

    Have you ever wanted to put your name on a building, but you don’t have a million bucks to spare? Well, now you can put your name on stuff in our new office and help Megaphone to continue providing meaningful employment for people experiencing poverty.

    There are many items to choose from, including a vault that is in our new office for some reason. For everything $300 and over, Megaphone will recognize your contribution with a plaque on the item you purchased featuring your chosen name. For everything below $300, we’ll use a label maker. 

    You got us to our goal of $4,000 in less than 5 hours. That is amazing to say the least. Now we have the basics covered to make the move happen. So we are upping the ante. If you help us name the remaining items in our new office, you’ll raise over $6,000 to make the vendor hub a comfortable space for vendors to socialize with a couch, unlimited coffee and tea and vendor designed decor. 

    Update: We have officially reached our stretch goal of $6,000! But, there are still a few items left to name, but they are going fast! Chip in now to claim your naming rights and get an invitation to an exclusive move-in party. Somehow the editor's first born child is still available. Act now! What will you name?

    Note: Unless otherwise stated, labels and plaques will stay up for three years. 


    Pledge now

  • is hosting Voices of the Street 2018-03-07 17:58:06 -0800

    Voices of the Street 2018: Book Launch

    Book Launch: Voices of the Street 2018

    Join Megaphone May 16th for a night of readings to celebrate our 8th Annual Literary Edition, Voices of the Street.

    This event sells out every year. Be sure to get your tickets early!

    The night will feature heartfelt stories, readings from Voices of the Street writers, music and delicious refreshments courtesy of SFU Woodward's. 

    Join us for snacks and refreshments from 6:30 to 7:00pm; program starts promptly at 7:00pm. Voices of the Street will be available for purchase from Megaphone vendors for $10 (either cash or with the Megaphone cashless payment app available for iPhone and Android) before and after the show.

     Readers: TBA

     Accessibility information:
    - Lost & Found Cafe event space is wheelchair accessible. We regret to say the bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
    - Washrooms will be gender neutral. 

    Please get in touch if you have further or more specific accessibility questions.

    Please note: donations made through this ticket page are not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Megaphone's work, please do so here:


    Thanks to this year's Voices of the Street sponsors for making this project possible!



    P.S. Haven't been to the event before? Check out this short video to get an idea of what you have been missing.


    May 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
    Lost & Found Cafe
    33 W Hastings St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4
    Google map and directions
    $15.00 CAD · rsvp

  • published Crowdfunder Levels in Name Our Home 2018-02-23 17:15:37 -0800

  • donated 2018-01-14 22:02:00 -0800


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  • donated 2018-04-05 04:15:19 -0700

    Become a Megaphone Champion

    Invest in a city where everybody has a voice, a home, and meaningful connections in the community. 


    When you become a Megaphone Champion, you make an immediate difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty while building power to end homelessness. 

    Monthly donation vs one-time donations

    Making a monthly donation is one of the most strategic ways that you can contribute to this work. Most of the funding comes from grants, sponsorships and one-time donations that do not provide long-term stability for our organization. Regular monthly donations are the best way to ensure Megaphone can continue to grow the vendor program and create employment opportunities for people experiencing poverty. This is also the most convenient way for you to donate. Plus you may pause or cancel your monthly donation at any time. 

    Please note: charitable tax receipts for donations made here are issued through our partners Hope in Shadows Inc. Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.

    For more information or questions about signing up as a Megaphone Champion, contact

    Thank you for your support!



  • published Solutions to the homelessness crisis in Magazine 2016-11-07 11:51:43 -0800

    We're teaming up to find fresh solutions to the homelessness crisis



    Eight years ago, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to end homelessness in his city by 2015.

    Yet on just one cold evening in October of last year, 36 people seeking a bed in emergency shelters run by Union Gospel Mission were turned away, facing freezing temperatures in a doorway or on a park bench.

    The mission’s Jeremy Hunka says its maxed-out shelters have been forced to turn away 1,545 people in the first nine months of 2016 – almost 25 per cent more than 2015, the same year Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to end homelessness. 

    In fact, Vancouver homelessness is at record levels.

    And the picture is not much different across the rest of British Columbia. As many as 15,000 people are without homes in the province. And homeless deaths spiked 70 per cent in the last reported year.

    In a city and province so prosperous, why are so many people deprived of safe homes? And what can we do next – or do differently?

    Megaphone Magazine and The Tyee have partnered to try and answer those questions in a new series investigating the solutions to homelessness in this province and across Canada.

    You may remember Megaphone’s first-ever crowdfunder from May of 2016. We set out to raise $10,000 in three weeks to fund our homelessness reporting project.  You may also remember its runaway success: Megaphone’s supporters rocketed us to our $10,000 goal in 36 hours. We set a new goal of $16,000 to fund a series of short, powerful videos to accompany each piece. Before the campaign ended, 250 Megaphone donors had contributed more than $19,000 to fund this project.

    The first piece in the series, on Tent Cities, launched in the November 2016 issue, and online Monday November 7. We’re proud to partner with The Tyee, an independent online magazine that informs and enlivens our democratic conversation through fact-driven reporting.

    With more than 10,000 individuals and families waiting for a place in B.C. Housing, we decided it was time to look at what governments could do right away, before slow-to-appear new housing finally gets built. We’ll discover policies that have significantly reduced chronic homelessness elsewhere, ways to keep people from becoming homeless to start with, and more.

    The result is six months of in-depth, investigative work, reported by Megaphone’s Stefania Seccia and edited by Tyee Solutions’ Chris Wood. We looked at what could be done to make real progress on homelessness, from prevention to innovative housing solutions.

    There are few easy answers, and solutions are beyond the power of a municipal government, as Robertson painfully learned. Reducing homelessness requires coordinated action from all levels of government, with the support of communities and citizens.

    Our project takes a fresh look at the problem, sharing bold experiments and the brightest ideas in Canada and from beyond our borders.

    It all starts today. To read Part 5 of the series, Download the Megaphone App to find a vendor. Every purchase supports meaningful work for people experiencing poverty.

    And that’s thanks to the individuals and organizations who supported this series, including the 250 donors who gave to Megaphone’s spring 2016 crowdfunding drive, as well as the funders of The Tyee’s 2016-17 Housing Fix project: Vancity Credit Union, Catherine Donnelly Foundation and the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., in collaboration with Columbia Institute.


    PART 1: Tent Cities

    Read the article here.


    Part 2: Yes! In My backyard!

    Read the article here.


    Part 3: No, Homelessness doesn't have to be Forever: System of Care

    Read the article here.


    Part 4: Preserve the Housing we Have: SROs and the Housing Spectrum

    Read the article here.


    Part 5: Prevention

    Read the article here.



    Read the article here.

    Free Public Event: April 12th, 2017

    Join Megaphone, plus experts on lived experience and policy around homelesssness, for a free public event on April 12th in Vancouver. We'll hear from experts and discuss solutions to the homelessness crisis to wrap up Megaphone's crowdfunded 6-part series. Reserve your free ticket here:

  • wants to volunteer 2016-06-01 19:36:31 -0700

    Be a Megaphone Amplifer

    Together we can change the story on homelessness. Sign up here to help us amplify the stories that come from Megaphone's crowdfunded journalism project. We're sharing stories on solutions to the homelessness crisis in B.C., and we need your help. We'll let you know when there's an important solution we need to communicate widely, and rely on our team of Amplifiers to get the word out.

    Change is people-powered. You can help Megaphone's solutions-focused stories reach new people and connect to broader audiences. That's the kind of momentum we need to have an impact.

    Become a volunteer

  • donated 2016-06-12 03:32:27 -0700

    Crowdfunding Pledge

    $19,265.00 raised
    GOAL: $16,000.00

    Your donation, processed through Hope in Shadows, is tax-deductible. Tax receipts will be mailed in July 2016.


  • published Project Updates in Crowdfunder 2016-04-20 07:17:36 -0700

  • published Donation Levels in Crowdfunder 2016-04-20 06:55:23 -0700

  • signed up on Join the Megaphone community 2015-04-20 16:37:36 -0700

    Join the Megaphone community


    Join the Megaphone community - we're making #ChangeThatWorks to build a more just and inclusive society.

    Sign up

  • Deaths in DTES fire a tragic reminder of the cost of homelessness

    I woke up to the sound of sirens on Monday. More than a passing cry in the night, they sounded like they were rallying from all over the city to arrive at my doorstep.

    I pulled back the curtain to see 60-foot orange flames rearing up over an abandoned building a half block away, a giant roaring bonfire spitting sparks hundreds of feet into the air. It was terrifying. Thrumming with fear, I woke my neighbours—my first instinct was get as far away as possible.

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  • donated via 2017-12-18 20:35:46 -0800

    Donate Now



    For our 10th anniversary, we're looking ahead. Megaphone needs to raise $10,000 by May 31st. Will you invest in Megaphone's next 10 years?

    Please note: charitable tax receipts for donations made here are issued through our partners Hope in Shadows Inc. Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.

    Thank you for your support!


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