Homelessness

Nurse Doreen Littlejohn takes a longterm approach in her outreach work with homelessness in Parksville Qualicum Beach, but says more needs to be done now. (Auren Ruvinsky photo)

‘Women face a much different experience on the street’: Parksville Qualicum Beach nurse

Littlejohn says community needs to be part of solution to homelessness

 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 hopes to conduct research on homelessness among veterans. (RCL Branch 76 photo)

Legions work together to battle homelessness among veterans

Qualicum Beach council offers support for Branch 76’s quest for answers

 

Steve at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Parksville, which played an important role in his accessing other services in the area. (Auren Ruvinsky photo)
Steve at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Parksville, which played an important role in his accessing other services in the area. (Auren Ruvinsky photo)
Tents on Wesley Street in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Province wants to work with Nanaimo on 60-bed ‘navigation centre’ shelter

City council expressed interest in the idea in late August

Tents on Wesley Street in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
The steeple of St. Anne’s Church in Parksville, which was the area’s only shelter until it closed down in March. (Cloe Logan photo)

OHEART still looking for PQB cold weather homeless shelter solution

Only shelter in the area had to close in March due to COVID-19 concerns

The steeple of St. Anne’s Church in Parksville, which was the area’s only shelter until it closed down in March. (Cloe Logan photo)
A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces creation of first-ever ‘navigation centre’ to help homeless

Residents referred to the navigation centre will be able to stay until longer-term housing is available

A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Rosebowl Restaurant closed its doors at the end of June, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror

Restaurant to be converted into housing for people experiencing homelessness

BC Housing buys popular Campbell River eatery for $985,000 to serve as bridge housing

The Rosebowl Restaurant closed its doors at the end of June, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham - Campbell River Mirror
Police in Nanaimo are confiscating increasing numbers of weapons, manufactured and homemade, from street-entrenched people in Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)

RCMP express concerns about weapons seized on Nanaimo’s streets

Weapons confiscated include a ninja throwing star and a dagger concealed in a cane

Police in Nanaimo are confiscating increasing numbers of weapons, manufactured and homemade, from street-entrenched people in Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot homeless tenting enclosure. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot homeless tenting enclosure. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Work begins on clearing an empty lot on Homewood Road to be used as a campsite for up to 25 socially-distanced tents to accommodate people dealing with homelessness in Campbell River. The plan, however, has been cancelled, the city announced May 26 one day after the clearing began. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror

Island city cancels plan for homeless camp; exploring alternative option

The plan heard strong objection from neighbouring residents and businesses

Work begins on clearing an empty lot on Homewood Road to be used as a campsite for up to 25 socially-distanced tents to accommodate people dealing with homelessness in Campbell River. The plan, however, has been cancelled, the city announced May 26 one day after the clearing began. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)

COVID-19: Seeking shelter solution, Parksville’s homeless to sleep in graveyard

People to camp near church at night as group looks for assistance

Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)
St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

COVID-19: No clear timeline for replacement shelter solution in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Workers and people affected by homelessness call for immediate help

St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Submitted photo)
St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (File photo)

‘I bawled, it was heartbreaking’: Parksville shelter forced to close due to COVID-19 concerns

Reverend at St. Anne’s Church pleads for government’s assistance

St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (File photo)
St.Anne’s Church in Parksville, which turns 125 years old this year, is currently serving as the only shelter in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Cloe Logan photo)
St.Anne’s Church in Parksville, which turns 125 years old this year, is currently serving as the only shelter in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Cloe Logan photo)
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Knox United Church in Parksville will now host a warming centre on Thursday afternoons. (Emily Vance photo)

Parksville’s Knox United Church to host warming centre

Facility to open on Thursdays as step to help area’s homeless

Knox United Church in Parksville will now host a warming centre on Thursday afternoons. (Emily Vance photo)
Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
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Number of homeless deaths more than doubled in B.C. as opioid crisis set in

New data shows trend between more overdose deaths and the number of people dying in the street

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