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
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
VICTORIA — Media and local officials took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tiny Homes Village in Victoria, which is set to receive its first 30 occupants on May 12. https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/inside-victoria-s-tiny-homes-village-made-of-converted-shipping-containers-1.5408034 Continue reading Inside Victoria’s Tiny Homes Village made of converted shipping containers
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
A small community in northwestern Alberta says it dismantled a homeless camp on private property last week after receiving complaints about criminal activity. But advocates for the dozen or so First Nation and Métis peoples evicted from the homemade shacks are calling for compassion. Continue reading ‘They’re human beings’: Alberta town takes down homeless camp
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
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?
Such a sad state. The system that is shattering due to Covid-19, and other factors, has no where for these people to live. Can the city not take a leadership role and house these people? We are all on the verge of homelessness and the system must help instead of hinder. Continue reading Water Cooler: Building permits in Nanaimo & housing the homeless