News - Homelessness

June 7, 2016
Last week the Carnegie Community Action Project released their report card on how the city of Vancouver measured up in tackling the housing crisis in 2015. The result is mostly F's with a few D's.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 26, 2015
Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts....
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
April 14, 2015
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that the Downtown Vancouver Ambassadors, a program paid for by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, has discriminated against homeless people...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
March 27, 2015
Earlier this week Vancouver conducted its annual homelessness count. Last year the count found that despite the mayor's pledge to end homelessness by 2015 the number of people living on the streets...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
March 27, 2015
Rural communities across BC, including Nelson, Nanaimo, and Nelson are also struggling with increased homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing and low welfare rates.
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
December 15, 2014
The Northern Women's Forum hosted the 12th annual event at Wilson Square in front of the Prince George Courthouse on December 7. Community members donated blankets, socks, gloves, coats and other...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
October 20, 2014
Tenants from Vancouver’s SROs gathered on October 19 for an SRO Tenants’ Convention at the Japanese Hall in the DTES. With an aim to equip tenants with the skills to tackle issues ranging from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
September 30, 2014
A group representing homeless people in Abbotsford has won the right to have their legal case around access to basic shelter seen in court. For the past few years, the City of Abbotsford has been...
Keywords: Homelessness, Manitoba
September 4, 2014
Vancouver Community Network, the Lower Mainland FreeNet, is working to ensure that life-saving information can circulate quickly among affected groups via text messages. The system will provide...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
September 3, 2014
This map from the Wellesley Institute includes information about housing initiatives across Canada, including resources for seniors, Indigenous communities and women.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
August 20, 2014
What would happen if housing were enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Yutaka Dirks gives an inside account of the radical new fight to end homelessness in an article in This...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario, All of Canada
August 18, 2014
A short documentary by David Shortt and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition highlighting the root causes of queer and trans poverty in British Columbia. Premiering at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Welfare, British Columbia
June 27, 2014
When the management of a block of luxury flats in London, England, felt they had an issue with homeless people sleeping on the doorstep, their solution was apparently to install a set of spikes. In...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
May 26, 2014
A Charter challenge case in Ontario alleges that the federal and provincial governments violate the rights of homeless people by failing to implement policies that would eventually eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
March 17, 2014
People who work in homeless shelters in Surrey, B.C., say the demographics of those accessing their services are changing. Jonquil Hallgate with Surrey Urban Mission, which offers programs and...
Keywords: Health, Homelessness, British Columbia
March 11, 2014
A recent B.C. study has found that a program that provides alcohol to chronic, homeless alcoholics reduces emergency hospital visits and arrests, likely saving taxpayer dollars in the long run. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Poverty Research, British Columbia
March 7, 2014
The TTC’s overnight bus and streetcar service should be free for everyone during extreme cold weather alerts, says a Toronto councillor. Josh Colle, who is a TTC commissioner, brought a motion...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
March 3, 2014
This year’s Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) hotel and housing report found that SROs in the DTES are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
March 3, 2014
A report entitled "Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada," written by Stephen Gaetz, a professor at York University in Toronto, explains that Canada needs to do a...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, British Columbia
February 18, 2014
Gasps swept through the packed auditorium as Abbotsford city council rejected a supportive housing project for homeless men after a tie vote on Monday night. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman cast the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) has released its 2013 Hotel and Housing report. This year’s hotel and housing report found that Single Room Occupancy hotel rooms (SROs) in the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
February 6, 2014
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, United States
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
February 4, 2014
As many as 80 homeless people in the Waterloo region may be seeking a place to take refuge after one of the sites in the Out of the Cold program closes later this winter. Ray of Hope is renovating...
Keywords: Homelessness, Ontario
January 14, 2014
Needle exchanges, methadone clinics and safe injection sites are now permitted in Abbotsford, B.C., after the city council voted on January 13th to amend a 2005 zoning-bylaw that had forbidden them....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
On December 20, 2013, a high-profile camp in Abbotsford's Jubilee Park was abandoned after the city went to court for a removal order. Since then, there have been at least four new camps along the...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
January 9, 2014
As part of Homelessness Action Week 2014, the City of Vancouver has joined with Reel Causes to hold a short video contest for amateur and professional film makers to raise awareness about, promote...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
August 21, 2013
An article in this week's Georgia Straight says that several advocacy groups have warned that TransLink’s new Compass fare card could make it impossible for social-service providers to continue to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Poorbashing, Welfare, British Columbia
August 7, 2013
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Mental Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
March 26, 2013
The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness has started a Homelessness is Unacceptable Campaign with a poster series and video that shows images of homeless living environments with the tag...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
January 15, 2013
Late last year Pivot brought a lawsuit against the city on behalf of a homeless man named Clarence Taylor, who was ticketed for sleeping outside. Through Clarence’s case, they are challenging a set...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
October 3, 2012
This study on the Homeless Hub builds upon the findings of several recent participatory projects in Canada which women facing homelessness have taken the lead and voiced their knowledge about the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
July 18, 2012
The topic of Homeless Hub's latest newsletter is the affect social profiling has on the homeless, Social profiling refers to the use of a person's social status (in this case, their homelessness) by...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, Poorbashing, All of Canada
May 23, 2012
Check out the interactive web documentary, "At Home: In search of the real cost of homelessness," on the National Film Board of Canada website that explores the At Home/Chez Soi project across Canada...
Keywords: Homelessness, All of Canada
May 1, 2012
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. It has been estimated that approximately 25-40% of homeless...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, All of Canada
April 11, 2012
A new national movement to end homelessness was launched last week to end homelessness in ten years. The mission of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is to create a national movement to...
Keywords: Homelessness, All of Canada
March 26, 2012
Women sleep on the streets of our major cities, a virtual guarantee of experiencing sexual assault. Women trade survival sex with men for a place to crash for the night. Teenage girls, fleeing sexual...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
March 5, 2012
Last year there were more women, youth, aboriginal people and families who were homeless in Metro Vancouver according to the 2011 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count. The Count found that in almost all...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
February 24, 2012
An article in Rabble talks about how gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is a form of structural violence and ultimately normalizes power structures.
Keywords: Homelessness, Poverty Research, British Columbia