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

Coldest Night of the Year walk in Parksville goes virtual for 2021

Registration is now open and can be completed online at cnoy.org/location/oceansideparksville. Participants need only commit to a fundraising goal, and walk. No registration fee is required to participate. All funds raised for walking in Parksville will go toward local programs supporting people impacted by homelessness. Continue reading Coldest Night of the Year walk in Parksville goes virtual for 2021

She lodged hundreds of complaints about the homeless, now she’s advocating for them

Between 2004 and 2018, Peggy Allen made approximately 500 calls to police about incidents involving people from the emergency shelter next door in Abbotsford, B.C. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-28-2019-1.5148615/this-b-c-woman-lodged-hundreds-of-911-complaints-about-the-homeless-now-she-s-advocating-for-them-1.5148621 Continue reading She lodged hundreds of complaints about the homeless, now she’s advocating for them