Winter shelter for Kelowna homeless will run through summer

“Typically, many of the temporary shelters that we operate close at the end of March. However, given that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and there is a particularly large need for this space right now in Kelowna, we are extending operations at temporary shelters,” BC Housing said. https://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_cec6fc72-972b-11eb-a49d-c7e1f58ab517.html Continue reading Winter shelter for Kelowna homeless will run through summer

Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

Cook said the people she spoke with learned how to tailor their interactions to the expectations of different service providers — with a successful performance meaning the difference between being deemed appropriate for services, or not. Often over-burdened, providers sometimes have to be selective in who they choose to offer their services to. Continue reading Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Homeless camps, an issue that has long roiled Victoria, may soon disappear

David Eby, the provincial minister responsible for housing, told reporters Monday that a memorandum of understanding between the provincial government and Victoria council formalizes a commitment to find indoor shelter for people living in parks and other outdoor areas by the end of April. https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2021/03/23/homeless-camps-an-issue-that-has-long-roiled-victoria-may-soon-disappear/ Continue reading Homeless camps, an issue that has long roiled Victoria, may soon disappear

Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

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.

Ontario’s homeless 5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, study finds

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

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