Housing and Homelessness

Cinnamon buns at Nanaimo Bakery and Café are recommended by Joshua Nelson II, bakery manager and head chef. The bakery was re-opened as a venture for Island Crisis Care Society in part to assist people transition from homelessness. (Submitted photo)

Dough rising again as Nanaimo bakery re-opens under Island Crisis Care Society banner

New Nanaimo Bakery and Café part of society’s Project Rise program

 

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

 

A couple of tents in Beacon Hill Park in January 2020. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 24 sheltering in the park is not allowed under the 1882 Trustee Act. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Supreme Court rules Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park cannot be used for sheltering

City of Victoria asked court to clarify uses of park under 1882 Trustee Act

 

‘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)
The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)

Sustainable Clothing Project aims to help people, keep clothing out of landfill,

Unsold clothing from thrift stores gets distributed to people and families who need it

The Sustainable Clothing Project aims to divert clothes that were destined for the landfill and redistribute them to people in the community. (Pixabay)
Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)

Vancouver Island charity ransacked right down to the soup bowls

More than $5,000 worth of supplies stolen from Alberni’s Grassroots Homelessness Coalition’s trailer

Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)
100 year-old Babs walked with her family in Nanaimo during the Coldest Night of the Year 2021. She was the oldest walker in CNOY21 across Canada!

When the weather outside is frightful, Nanaimo residents raise money for those without homes

Annual Coldest Night of the Year returns in February 2022 with hybrid in-person and virtual event

  • Dec 27, 2021
100 year-old Babs walked with her family in Nanaimo during the Coldest Night of the Year 2021. She was the oldest walker in CNOY21 across Canada!
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.
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Winter shelter for people experiencing homelessness opens next week in Nanaimo

Temporary winter shelter open at St. Peter’s Catholic Church from Nov. 22 to March 31

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
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 City and Nanaimo and B.C. Housing are working on a two-year lease extension for the temporary supportive housing site at 2020 Labieux Rd. (News Bulletin photo)

Nanaimo’s Labieux supportive housing lease to be extended another two years

B.C. Housing in discussion with city regarding temporary supportive housing property

The City and Nanaimo and B.C. Housing are working on a two-year lease extension for the temporary supportive housing site at 2020 Labieux Rd. (News Bulletin photo)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Report outlines barriers, recommendations to ending homelessness in Island city

Full-scale transformation required, report says

A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A motion heading to Victoria council’s committee-of-the-whole this Thursday (June 3) aims to prohibit sheltering in Beacon Hill Park for two years. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considering two-year camping ban in Beacon Hill Park

Motion on June 3 agenda calls for park rehabilitation period in wake of intensive camping

A motion heading to Victoria council’s committee-of-the-whole this Thursday (June 3) aims to prohibit sheltering in Beacon Hill Park for two years. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
The Tiny Home Village, at 940 Caledonia Ave., is set to welcome 30 residents starting May 12. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
The Tiny Home Village, at 940 Caledonia Ave., is set to welcome 30 residents starting May 12. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
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)
In a challenging year, we can still give thanks and give back

In a challenging year, we can still give thanks and give back

Thanksgiving campaign reminds us to give a little extra to those without homes

  • Sep 28, 2020
In a challenging year, we can still give thanks and give back
St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)

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

Reverend at St. Anne’s Church pleads for government’s assistance, facility doesn’t pass health standard

St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)
A bylaw which allows people experiencing homelessness to camp overnight at select parks in the Regional District of Nanaimo is in effect. (Black Press file)

RDN begins enforcing new bylaw allowing overnight camping in parks

City of Nanaimo says cleanups at city parks have taken ‘a lot of resources’

A bylaw which allows people experiencing homelessness to camp overnight at select parks in the Regional District of Nanaimo is in effect. (Black Press file)
A rise of misconduct at the Nelson and District Community Complex has put a stress on staff and patrons. Photo: Tyler Harper

10 people banned in two weeks from B.C. rec centre for drugs, squatting

Suspensions were for setting up sleeping bags in washrooms, theft, verbal abuse of staff, and more

A rise of misconduct at the Nelson and District Community Complex has put a stress on staff and patrons. Photo: Tyler Harper