Housing and Homelessness

FILE - Premier David Eby announced his plan to create a new ministry solely devoted to housing on Nov. 22, 2022. (Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby to create new ministry solely devoted to B.C. housing crisis

Housing currently overseen by attorney general

 

Extreme weather shelter spaces are opened in Abbotsford when the forecast is 1 C or lower, or when there is a special weather statement in effect. (Roxanne Hooper/Black Press Media)

Cold snap, heavy rainfall both prompt Abbotsford to open emergency shelter space

Those needing shelter can go to Gateway Church at 8 p.m., says extreme weather shelter coordinator

 

Residents around Bole and Fletcher Park in Chilliwack say they are fed up: (L to R) Phil Coward, Karen Golanowski, Sheila Smith, and Val Auguiar. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Neighbours complain about Bole and Fletcher park in Chilliwack as ‘the worst it’s ever been’

Residents say they’re fed up with constant substance use, noise, fighting, drug deals, and garbage

Residents around Bole and Fletcher Park in Chilliwack say they are fed up: (L to R) Phil Coward, Karen Golanowski, Sheila Smith, and Val Auguiar. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Character Abbotsford’s annual conference focused on homelessness, and included a panel of local experts on the topic, led by Vijay Manuel (far left). The panel including (left to right) Sgt. Kevin Murray, Kim Friesen and Mike Sikora. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s ‘street mom’, police officer and others engage in homelessness discussion

Character Abbotsford panel: ‘If we don’t fix the problems at home, we’ll never fix this’

Character Abbotsford’s annual conference focused on homelessness, and included a panel of local experts on the topic, led by Vijay Manuel (far left). The panel including (left to right) Sgt. Kevin Murray, Kim Friesen and Mike Sikora. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Black Press Media file photo

Homelessness in Kelowna tripled in size in the last year: Bylaw

The cleaning of ‘Tent City’ required a backhoe, a dump truck, and about 20 RCMP and bylaw officers

Black Press Media file photo
Dozens of residents of a Downtown Eastside SRO were displaced Sept. 24 after a fire broke out in someone’s suite. ( Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)

Fire at Vancouver SRO building displaces dozens on Downtown Eastside

No one was injured but building sustained smoke and water damage

Dozens of residents of a Downtown Eastside SRO were displaced Sept. 24 after a fire broke out in someone’s suite. ( Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)
The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tiny home villages as solution to homelessness? 3 B.C. mayors say yes

Sites up and running in Victoria and Duncan, Port Alberni on its way to do the same

The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cabin has been a shelter from the storm for people needing support in Abbotsford. But it will close on Sept. 30. (Submitted)

City decision leads to closure of Abbotsford drop-in centre for unhoused people

The Cabin offered food, shelter and connection to the city’s most vulnerable for 10 months

The Cabin has been a shelter from the storm for people needing support in Abbotsford. But it will close on Sept. 30. (Submitted)
A person’s belongings are placed on the street to be moved to storage after his tent was cleared from the sidewalk at a sprawling encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Still no shelter space for majority of those being displaced by tent removal in Downtown Eastside

40 of estimated 200 people displaced from East Hastings have secured a shelter space

A person’s belongings are placed on the street to be moved to storage after his tent was cleared from the sidewalk at a sprawling encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BC Housing CEO Shayne Ramsey announced his retirement Aug. 2. (BC Housing website)

BC Housing CEO to step away after recent attacks on unhoused people, threats to himself

“I no longer have confidence I can solve the complex problems facing us”

BC Housing CEO Shayne Ramsey announced his retirement Aug. 2. (BC Housing website)
A woman carries a bag of belongings at a homeless camp on a city-owned lot in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Residents living in tents along East Hastings Street have been ordered to leave the area by the evening of July 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tents to be removed from Downtown Eastside despite little-to-no shelter space

Fire chief says order intended to protect, advocates say it does the opposite

A woman carries a bag of belongings at a homeless camp on a city-owned lot in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Residents living in tents along East Hastings Street have been ordered to leave the area by the evening of July 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Protesters pack up their belongings from the Occupy Vancouver site in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on November 21, 2011. On July 25, 2022, Vancouver’s fire chief ordered that all tents and structures be removed from East Hastings Street, citing a fire risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver fire chief orders tents removed from Downtown Eastside street, citing fire risk

Advocates say removing people’s homes during heat wave is the real safety problem

Protesters pack up their belongings from the Occupy Vancouver site in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on November 21, 2011. On July 25, 2022, Vancouver’s fire chief ordered that all tents and structures be removed from East Hastings Street, citing a fire risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Karen Fraser of Child Care Resource and Referral helped serve up cake at a Monday, June 6 celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Langley Community Services Society. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Lower Mainland social service agency that started out in a 1916 barn marks 50th anniversary

Programs and services offered are based on the needs of the Langley community, and are offered free

Karen Fraser of Child Care Resource and Referral helped serve up cake at a Monday, June 6 celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Langley Community Services Society. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. tiny home pods offer ‘emergency middle ground’ for unhoused people

Walk With Me Campbell River’s goal is to provide 30 units for people by fall 2022

Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
BC Rent Bank helps people stay out of homelessness. Black Press stock photo.

BC Rent Bank sees daily applications triple in first day after province-wide roll out

Microloan program available in all areas of province

BC Rent Bank helps people stay out of homelessness. Black Press stock photo.
B.C. has the highest rate of evictions in the country according to a new UBC study. File Photo

UBC study finds more than 10 per cent of B.C. renters report being evicted

Province has highest rate of eviction in Canada — by almost 4 percentage points

B.C. has the highest rate of evictions in the country according to a new UBC study. File Photo
The Red Lion Inn and Suites on Pauline Street in Abbotsford has been sold as a temporary shelter space for 30 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. The long-term plan is for the hotel and two adjacent lots to become a permanent supportive-housing building.

Abbotsford hotel sold as part of long-term supportive-housing plan

Red Lion Inn and Suites on Pauline Street will start as 30-space temporary shelter

The Red Lion Inn and Suites on Pauline Street in Abbotsford has been sold as a temporary shelter space for 30 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. The long-term plan is for the hotel and two adjacent lots to become a permanent supportive-housing building.
BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)

‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)