Homelessness

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, where city workers started efforts to clear the encampment on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. The city’s fire chief issued an order last month requiring the tents be cleared because of an extreme fire safety hazard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

As Vancouver begins removing tent encampment, residents wonder where they should go

Heavy police presence and resident concern as city staff set to work Tuesday

 

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Thursday, July 28, 2022. People living in a growing tent community along the street have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Crowded tent encampment on main Vancouver street set to be removed by city

Notice from the City of Vancouver says removal would first focus on the highest risk areas

 

Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and passenger window of a police vehicle at the scene of a shooting, in Langley, B.C., on Monday, July 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘My heart breaks’: Trudeau, leaders react to deadly Langley shooting

28-year-old Surrey man shot four people, killing two, during a 5-hour spree Monday

 

File photo of the Pidcock emergency shelter in Courtenay.

Courtenay emergency shelter receives air conditioning

The Salvation Army appreciates the provincial government and BC Housing for providing…

File photo of the Pidcock emergency shelter in Courtenay.
The supply drive at Simms Millennium Park May 7 was to raise necessary items for people experiencing homelessness. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Coalition drive brings in supplies for people experiencing homelessness

Event in Courtenay Saturday also featured hip hop from Native with Pride and Sirreal

The supply drive at Simms Millennium Park May 7 was to raise necessary items for people experiencing homelessness. Photo by Mike Chouinard
The annual Sock It To ‘Em campaign helps provide the unhoused and those in need with socks. Photo supplied.

Courtenay clothing initiative donates extra funds to food bank

Sock It To ’Em campaign donates $800 to Comox Valley Food Bank

The annual Sock It To ‘Em campaign helps provide the unhoused and those in need with socks. Photo supplied.
File photo of Connect Warming Centre on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.

Courtenay to manage grant to help the unsheltered

Closure of Connect Warming Centre a blow to the community

File photo of Connect Warming Centre on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.
FILE David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. ministers tout $633M to address homelessness day after data shows thousands unhoused

Funds going toward youth in care, complex-care housing, rent supplements, support workers

FILE David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Black Press file photo)

23,000 people experienced homelessness in B.C. in 2019, new data shows

The province will release their strategy for homelessness on Thursday (March 17)

(Black Press file photo)
Homeless encampment in Courtenay. File photo

Comox Valley directors approve $350,000 requisition to support the homeless

A regional Homelessness Supports Service has reached its seventh year of operation.…

Homeless encampment in Courtenay. File photo
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
‘The best way to talk about them is not on Facebook it’s just to have one in your village and you can go check it out,’ says Victoria resident Matt Dell of Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich hut showcases what shelter could look like

Conestoga huts a potential short-term solution toward housing

‘The best way to talk about them is not on Facebook it’s just to have one in your village and you can go check it out,’ says Victoria resident Matt Dell of Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
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LETTER – Municipal, district governments should not be putting tax money into homelessness issues

Dear editor, After reading an article on Jan 19, 2022, on homelessness,…

  • Feb 9, 2022
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A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Brain injury endemic among homeless populations: Vancouver research

31% of those interviewed between Dec. 2016 and May 2018 reported at least one traumatic brain injury

A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A temporary overnight warming centre has opened at the Salvation Army Church in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Warming centre in Courtenay open until April 1

A new temporary overnight warming centre has opened in the basement of…

A temporary overnight warming centre has opened at the Salvation Army Church in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo
Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness in our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)

Vancouver Island author pens children’s book on homelessness

Nanaimo’s Lois Peterson to bring latest book ‘Shelter’ on virtual classroom tour

Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness in our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)
Capt. Sharon Tidd, Salvation Army Area Commander, says a few words at the 25th anniversary celebration at the Pidcock Shelter in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay shelter celebrates 25 years of serving marginalized individuals

The Salvation Army Pidcock Shelter celebrated 25 years of serving marginalized individuals…

Capt. Sharon Tidd, Salvation Army Area Commander, says a few words at the 25th anniversary celebration at the Pidcock Shelter in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo
A September 2021 count indicates the number of Comox Valley individuals experiencing homelessness has increased 74 per cent since March 2020. File photo

Homeless encampment numbers increase in Comox Valley

The role of bylaw enforcement evolves as it deals with homelessness

A September 2021 count indicates the number of Comox Valley individuals experiencing homelessness has increased 74 per cent since March 2020. File photo
The Connect Warming Centre is located at 685 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay. File photo

Warming centre to offer overnight shelter in Courtenay

Courtenay council has approved a one-year lease agreement with four one-year renewal…

The Connect Warming Centre is located at 685 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay. File photo
Comox Valley Dodge general manager Carson Grant (third from top left) with wife Summer and young son Bracken take a break with volunteers/friends like Adam Drummon, James Cunningham and daughter Aubree, Jonathan Swanson, Brayden Wentz and Bob McMillan gather ‘round the fire. They were giving out water, coffee, food, toques, socks and warm clothing at the new dealership site to help combat homelessness. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox Valley Dodge fundraiser nets nearly $12,000 for two local non-profits

The big tent on the corner of Ryan Road and Island Highway…

Comox Valley Dodge general manager Carson Grant (third from top left) with wife Summer and young son Bracken take a break with volunteers/friends like Adam Drummon, James Cunningham and daughter Aubree, Jonathan Swanson, Brayden Wentz and Bob McMillan gather ‘round the fire. They were giving out water, coffee, food, toques, socks and warm clothing at the new dealership site to help combat homelessness. Photo by Mike Chouinard