Pat Kauwell, 64, is facing eviction from his RV on private property in the Nanaimo area, because living in the RV violates the zoning bylaws of the Regional District of Nanaimo. Ucluelet is launching a pilot project to allow people to temporarily live in RVs, amid a significant housing shortage for seasonal workers. https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/ucluelet-tackles-housing-shortage-with-pilot-project-allowing-people-to-live-in-rvs-1.24313001 Continue reading Ucluelet tackles housing shortage with pilot project allowing people to live in RVs
Nanaimo is moving closer to providing developers with incentives to build much-needed affordable housing. The carrots would be points — or credits — which developers would accumulate through providing amenities in a proposal. https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/incentives-to-build-affordable-housing-coming-to-nanaimo-1.24327101 Continue reading Incentives to build affordable housing coming to Nanaimo
The Qualicum-Parksville Kiwanis Housing Society’s affordable housing development in Qualicum Beach has been approved for a funding grant from BC Housing. Continue reading Qualicum Beach affordable housing project approved for funding from BC Housing
Salvation Army, task force on homelessness to help keep people hydrated The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will help vulnerable residents stay hydrated during extreme heat with free bottles of water. (Submitted photo) The Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army, working in partnership with the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, will be providing bottled water to those … Continue reading Parksville groups to provide free bottles of water during extreme heat
More than one million naloxone kits have been shipped to sites throughout the province amid an overdose crisis that’s killed more than 8,300 people since it was declared a public health emergency in 2016. Continue reading Safer drug supply crucial as B.C.’s naloxone program lauded: advocates
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
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
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.
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’
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?