British Columbia - Homelessness

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
The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) works collaboratively with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness to create a culturally-specific approach to Aboriginal (First Nations...
Keywords: aboriginal homelessness, Homelessness, Indigenous, British Columbia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Shelter Net BC is a network of groups who provide shelters for people in BC. Attached as well is a list of shelters available for women, men and youth in Vancouver (PDF).
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
The following blogs have daily news stories on homelessness, social housing, the upcoming Olympics and other poverty-related issues in Vancouver and across BC. Check them out to find out what is...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
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
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