On any given night in Calgary, roughly 3,000 people are homeless. Many of those who experience homelessness suffer from physical and mental health challenges including addiction and trauma. In 2008, the city launched a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. While it didn’t achieve its ultimate goal, it did lead to a 32 per cent … Continue reading The toughest cases of homelessness: Is there a way out?
Neither these catastrophic outcomes nor the misgivings of police themselves have produced an answer to the obvious question: How should society handle these kinds of incidents? If not law enforcement, who should intervene? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/cahoots-program-may-reduce-likelihood-of-police-violence/617477/ Continue reading An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind
This means identifying a young person’s needs and connecting them with services that will help them stay in school, get the counselling they may need and ultimately, help them be resilient young adults. Continue reading Program preventing youth homelessness launches in the Okanagan
Almost 70 percent of them were food secure in one month. On average, the cash recipients spent a total of three fewer months in a shelter than those in the control group. After one year, cash recipients reduced their spending on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes by an average of almost 40 percent, challenging “the widespread … Continue reading Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.
The average condo sells for more than $375,000. Average lot sale price are in excess of $300K. Even scraping together the funds to enter the home ownership market is remarkably difficult – and rental prices are hefty as well. Continue reading OPINION: More affordable housing a necessity in Parksville Qualicum Beach area
Last Friday, 12 people moved into the first cluster of little sleeping cabins on a Duncan parking lot. The eight-foot-by-eight-foot rooms have a window, a door, a plug, an electric baseboard heater and a bed. Another two clusters are in progress. Cost: a little less than $7,000 a cabin. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bcs-tiny-houses-show-big-promise-for-homeless/ Continue reading B.C.’s tiny homes show big promise for homeless
Following nearly 30,000 people with a recent history of homelessness over a six-month period, the researchers found that they were more likely to become infected with the novel coronavirus, be hospitalized, experience complications, and die. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-s-homeless-5-times-more-likely-to-die-of-covid-19-study-finds-1.5869024 Continue reading Ontario’s homeless 5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, study finds
The shelter, funded by the province, will provide a much-needed warm, safe and secure place to sleep for people who are experiencing homelessness in the community, BC Housing spokesperson Laura Mathews said in an email. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/02/23/news/community-advocates-long-awaited-cold-weather-shelter-parksville Continue reading Community advocates excited by long-awaited cold weather shelter in Parksville
In an attempt to strengthen supports for mental health and substance use, mayors from both cities met with attorney general and housing minister David Eby and mental health minister Sheila Malcolmson this week. Continue reading Mayors call on B.C. to create housing pilot for homeless with complex needs
As of Thursday, February 18, 2021 there is a temporary overnight emergency shelter in Oceanside – at the Anglican Church of St. Edmund, behind Wembley Mall in Parksville. Continue reading Cold Weather Shelter closed in Parksville