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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Research suggests that there is a correlation between acquired brain injury and homelessness

Someone in Canada suffers a serious traumatic brain injury every 3three minutes of every day. That’s almost 165,000 serious brain injuries per year. This does not include concussions, non-traumatic brain injuries, military injuries, or unreported cases. https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/june-is-brain-injury-awareness-month-research-suggests-that-there-is-a-correlation-between-acquired-brain-injury-and-homelessness-3838521 Continue reading June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Research suggests that there is a correlation between acquired brain injury and homelessness

Kamloops Campout to End Youth Homelessness raised record amount

The $150,000 in donations will support Safe Suites, which provides 24/7 supportive housing to six youth, ongoing programs for youth across the community and future projects that will aim to provide supportive housing for even more vulnerable youth in Kamloops. https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/2020-campout-to-end-youth-homelessness-event-raised-record-amount-1.24298600 Continue reading Kamloops Campout to End Youth Homelessness raised record amount

Edmonton plans for new approach to homeless encampments

The City of Edmonton is updating how it responds to encampments with a focus on providing housing and support to those in need while discouraging the continued presence of homeless camps.  “They will move to close down those camps in as short order as we possibly can,” said Rob Smyth with the city. https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/edmonton-plans-for-new-approach-to-homeless-encampments-1.5406075 Continue reading Edmonton plans for new approach to homeless encampments

Diane Wheatley’s daughter suffers from drug addiction and is homeless. She believes Vernon needs better outreach before she’s found dead.

Wheatley says the drugs have turned her daughter into someone unrecognizable. Before she started using, Wheatley said her daughter had no problem holding three jobs. Now, her daughter is unemployed. Wheatley herself has medical issues of her own, which make it difficult for her to travel back and forth to see and help her daughter. … Continue reading Diane Wheatley’s daughter suffers from drug addiction and is homeless. She believes Vernon needs better outreach before she’s found dead.

From opportunities to challenges: A closer look inside one of Victoria’s ‘homeless hotels’

Tomiczek says she lost her rental suite in Chinatown after a serious bout of pneumonia prevented her from working. She moved into the Howard Johnson last spring, one of 78 residents who now live in the facility leased by BC housing and operated by Our Place Society. Continue reading From opportunities to challenges: A closer look inside one of Victoria’s ‘homeless hotels’

Should people with severe mental illnesses and no home be forced into treatment?

It was with a heavy heart this week that Julian Daly, executive director of the Our Place Society in Victoria, decided to pen a commentary in the Times Colonist calling for involuntary care for a small subsection of people with severe psychiatric disorders who are experiencing homelessness. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/should-people-with-severe-mental-illnesses-and-no-home-be-forced-into-treatment-1.6007637 Continue reading Should people with severe mental illnesses and no home be forced into treatment?