Homelessness

City of Nanaimo has announced a pair of daytime warming centres will open in the downtown area, running from December to March. (News Bulletin file photo)

Funding directed to two daytime warming centres in Nanaimo

Money from UBCM will fund warming centres operated by Risebridge and 7-10 Club

 

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, left, and Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer listen as B.C. Premier David Eby announces a new public safety plan in Vancouver on Sunday, November 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver city council approves funding for more police, mental-health nurses

Motion leaves door open for provincial or federal government to contribute

 

Laura Kelsey is the Nanaimo coordinator of the Shoebox Project, collecting donations benefiting Island Crisis Care Society clients until Dec. 5. (Submitted photo)

Shoeboxes filled with donations sought for women in need in Nanaimo

Shoebox Project drive on until Dec. 5, benefiting Island Crisis Care Society clients

 

B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eby drills down on age-restrictive stratas, municipal targets in new housing measures

Proposed legislation will give B.C. greater control over how communities address housing needs

B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The Auditor General will table several reports on Tuesday that will assess the government’s performance on a range of issues, including reducing chronic homelessness.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: Feds don’t know if they’re reducing homelessness, says auditor general

Hogan says lack of outcome accountability characterizes 1.36 billion housing effort

Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The Auditor General will table several reports on Tuesday that will assess the government’s performance on a range of issues, including reducing chronic homelessness.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Signy Madden, United Way B.C. regional director, left, and Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions, present at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island Economic Summit at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Solutions for mental health and substance-use challenges discussed at Island summit

Preventative actions, correctional release support, industry-focused resources discussed

Signy Madden, United Way B.C. regional director, left, and Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions, present at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island Economic Summit at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
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Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo event challenges people to sleep rough to draw attention to youth homelessness

‘Roughing It’ outdoor overnight event to be held at Harewood Centennial Park Sept. 23-24

Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. BC Housing says 40 people who were living in a Downtown Eastside street encampment being cleared by city workers have accepted offers of accommodation. The agency’s vice-president of operations Dale McCann was speaking at a City Hall press conference today where Mayor Kennedy Stewart reported “good progress” clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

40 residents of Vancouver street camp accept accommodation: BC Housing

Workers removing two tonnes of material per day from the encampment on East Hastings Street

A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. BC Housing says 40 people who were living in a Downtown Eastside street encampment being cleared by city workers have accepted offers of accommodation. The agency’s vice-president of operations Dale McCann was speaking at a City Hall press conference today where Mayor Kennedy Stewart reported “good progress” clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A persistent rumour that homeless people are being bused to Campbell River has its own version in many other B.C. communities. Black Press photo

Ticket to ride: ‘No evidence’ homeless people are being bused to your Island town

Analysts: 3/4s of Campbell River’s unhoused have lived there between a ‘year and their entire lives’

A persistent rumour that homeless people are being bused to Campbell River has its own version in many other B.C. communities. Black Press photo
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street as the city works to clear tents from a sprawling homeless encampment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. People living in a growing street encampment along a busy street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. 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

Threatening flyers distributed throughout Vancouver tent encampment: police

Vancouver police say flyers contained threats to burn down tents with gasoline and propane

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street as the city works to clear tents from a sprawling homeless encampment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. People living in a growing street encampment along a busy street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. 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
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, 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
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

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
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

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
The City of Nanaimo is establishing the Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization Society, an independent agency that will be tasked with co-ordinating efforts to combat homelessness. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo creates agency to co-ordinate efforts to combat homelessness

Systems planning organization will be tasked with implementing health and housing plan

The City of Nanaimo is establishing the Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization Society, an independent agency that will be tasked with co-ordinating efforts to combat homelessness. (News Bulletin file photo)
An artist rendering of a possible design for the new supportive housing complex at 355 Nicol St. in Nanaimo in which. Snuneymuxw First Nation has been selected as the building’s operator. (Image submitted)

Snuneymuxw will operate next supportive housing complex coming to Nanaimo’s Nicol Street

Community engagement for the project will include virtual discussion May 18

An artist rendering of a possible design for the new supportive housing complex at 355 Nicol St. in Nanaimo in which. Snuneymuxw First Nation has been selected as the building’s operator. (Image submitted)
Photos of 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island, taken from the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 707 Community Park Management Plan 2010-2020. (RDN images)

RDN committee recommends permanent homeless camping ban at Gabriola Island park

Consultant says wildfire risk is high at 707 Community Park

Photos of 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island, taken from the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 707 Community Park Management Plan 2010-2020. (RDN images)
Paul Manly, former Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP, has been hired as executive director of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter. (Photo submitted)

Former Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP hired as executive director of homeless shelter

Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter management announces hiring of Paul Manly

Paul Manly, former Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP, has been hired as executive director of the Nanaimo Unitarian Shelter. (Photo submitted)
Residents will start moving in next week at the new permanent supportive housing building on Nanaimo’s Nicol Street. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Permanent supportive housing building opening on Nanaimo’s Nicol Street

First tenants will move from Prideaux Street and Terminal Avenue housing

Residents will start moving in next week at the new permanent supportive housing building on Nanaimo’s Nicol Street. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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