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Winter shelter for Kelowna homeless will run through summer

“Typically, many of the temporary shelters that we operate close at the end of March. However, given that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and there is a particularly large need for this space right now in Kelowna, we are extending operations at temporary shelters,” BC Housing said. https://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_cec6fc72-972b-11eb-a49d-c7e1f58ab517.html Continue reading Winter shelter for Kelowna homeless will run through summer

Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

Cook said the people she spoke with learned how to tailor their interactions to the expectations of different service providers — with a successful performance meaning the difference between being deemed appropriate for services, or not. Often over-burdened, providers sometimes have to be selective in who they choose to offer their services to. Continue reading Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Homeless people in Surrey rise up against police and bylaw officers seizing their possessions

Some very poor people in Surrey are saying enough is enough. After repeated seizures of their possessions by police and bylaw officers, they held a rally outside the Surrey Urban Mission Society office in Whalley earlier this month. They’ve alleged that the City of Surrey “steals from the homeless”. https://www.straight.com/news/homeless-people-in-surrey-rise-up-against-police-and-bylaw-officers-seizing-their-possessions Continue reading Homeless people in Surrey rise up against police and bylaw officers seizing their possessions

There is more turnover at Calgary homeless shelters than you think, new study suggests

The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy said there is a “misconception that people who experience homelessness are the same people, month in and month out,” when, in fact, people who use emergency shelters are “not necessarily the same people who will use them next month.” Continue reading There is more turnover at Calgary homeless shelters than you think, new study suggests

Homeless camps, an issue that has long roiled Victoria, may soon disappear

David Eby, the provincial minister responsible for housing, told reporters Monday that a memorandum of understanding between the provincial government and Victoria council formalizes a commitment to find indoor shelter for people living in parks and other outdoor areas by the end of April. https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2021/03/23/homeless-camps-an-issue-that-has-long-roiled-victoria-may-soon-disappear/ Continue reading Homeless camps, an issue that has long roiled Victoria, may soon disappear

COVID-19 pandemic magnifies challenges of being homeless: ‘Our people here are just trying to survive from day to day’

For many people in this tent city, B.C.’s fentanyl-poisoning overdose crisis, which has claimed far more lives than COVID, is of greater concern than the pandemic. https://vancouversun.com/news/postpandemic/pandemic-magnifies-challenges-of-being-homeless-our-people-here-are-just-trying-to-survive-from-day-to-day Continue reading COVID-19 pandemic magnifies challenges of being homeless: ‘Our people here are just trying to survive from day to day’