Incentives to build affordable housing coming to Nanaimo

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

Parksville groups to provide free bottles of water during extreme heat

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

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Research suggests that there is a correlation between acquired brain injury and homelessness

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

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