Tents remain in Victoria parks as homeless campers await indoor space

Campers in Victoria parks who have accepted an offer of indoor housing but are still waiting for that housing to be ready are exempt from the city bylaw that requires tents to be taken down by 7 a.m. each morning. https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/tents-remain-in-victoria-parks-as-homeless-campers-await-indoor-space-1.5411050 Continue reading Tents remain in Victoria parks as homeless campers await indoor space

Demand for youth needing shelter evidence of ‘system failure’ in B.C., says Victoria mayor

Emily Jackson was just 14-years-old when she found herself without a home. “My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal breast cancer, I had no other supports,” said Jackson. “And there were other factors in my housing situation that made it unsafe to live.” Because of her age, Jackson didn’t qualify for government help. Continue reading Demand for youth needing shelter evidence of ‘system failure’ in B.C., says Victoria mayor

Michael Ochoa went from the street to helpings others in similar situations

Michael Ochoa was sitting in the Vernon Towne Theatre when he realized he had nowhere to go. “I didn’t have a home, didn’t have any money for a motel, and I was in shock,” he says. “I don’t even remember what the movies were.” https://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/332660/Michael-Ochoa-went-from-the-street-to-helpings-others-in-similar-situations Continue reading Michael Ochoa went from the street to helpings others in similar situations

OLD NEWS: Housing as a fundamental human right & national housing legislation

“Adequate housing is a fundamental human right that is recognized in international law, including the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Canada is a party. Yet the fact remains that 1.7 million people in Canada are living in homes that are inadequate or unaffordable. Another 25,000 Canadians are chronically homeless. This is unacceptable in a country … Continue reading OLD NEWS: Housing as a fundamental human right & national housing legislation

Adopt-A-School: 16-year-old homeless girl survives with the help of Safe Schools team

Violence, abuse, depression and contemplation of suicide should never be part of any child’s life. But for this 16-year-old who has been homeless in Surrey since she was 14 that has been a lived experience. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/adopt-a-school-16-year-old-homeless-girl-survives-with-the-help-of-safe-schools-team Continue reading Adopt-A-School: 16-year-old homeless girl survives with the help of Safe Schools team

Province buys beleagured Patricia Hotel, two other DTES properties, to house Strathcona Park campers, others

“Our government is committed to providing the housing with supports vulnerable people in our community need so no one is forced to live outside in unsafe conditions,” Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, said in the release. https://www.straight.com/news/province-buys-beleagured-patricia-hotel-two-other-dtes-properties-to-house-strathcona-park Continue reading Province buys beleagured Patricia Hotel, two other DTES properties, to house Strathcona Park campers, others

What’s in BC’s Budget for Homelessness? Not Much New

The risk of not housing people was clear. This spring, rising COVID-19 cases in some Downtown Eastside buildings as well as a dysentery outbreak among homeless and poorly-housed people in the neighbourhood highlighted the risks for people living without access to bathrooms or places to wash their hands, or sharing tents and tiny single-room occupancies. … Continue reading What’s in BC’s Budget for Homelessness? Not Much New