Community advocates excited by long-awaited cold weather shelter in Parksville

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

Makeshift cold-weather camp pops up in parking lot of Parksville church

When people experiencing homelessness set up camp within the city in an area that allows for overnight camping, such as Mark’s Nature Park, city staff will ask them to pack up and take what they can carry the next morning. A lot of their belongings are left behind, such as winter clothing and other winter … Continue reading Makeshift cold-weather camp pops up in parking lot of Parksville church

Lack of emergency shelter leaving homeless out in the cold in Oceanside

Environment Canada issued sweeping alerts for Vancouver Island this week predicting the coldest weather of the year as arctic air and frigid temperatures descend along its east coast. Yet the homeless in Parksville and Qualicum Beach have nowhere to seek warmth from the deep freeze after the region’s only cold weather shelter was closed last … Continue reading Lack of emergency shelter leaving homeless out in the cold in Oceanside

Philanthropist offers a homeless solution

Nearly two years ago, philanthropist and builder Peter Wall met with the newly elected Vancouver mayor, Kennedy Stewart, and presented a plan to build close to 200 housing units in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, specifically for the most desperately in need. https://vancouversun.com/news/daphne-bramham-philanthropist-peter-wall-offers-a-homeless-solution Continue reading Philanthropist offers a homeless solution