Homeless

It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)                                It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)

Northern B.C. town builds camp on outskirt of town for homeless population

Smithers Bylaw officer Matt Davey says the move was made with buy-in from the affected people

It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)                                It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)
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Surrey shelters, service providers reworking programs amid COVID-19 pandemic

Surrey Urban Mission has moved to a full-time shelter, NightShift implements social distancing for outreach

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Volunteers conducted a recovery home homeless count in Surrey Wednesday (March 11). (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Surrey recovery home homeless count hopes to ‘shed some light’ on vulnerable sector

Phoenix Society CEO says Surrey is the ‘biggest epicenter’ of recovery homes in B.C.

Volunteers conducted a recovery home homeless count in Surrey Wednesday (March 11). (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
Volunteers Diane Gulbransen, left, and Silvana Biondi during the 2020 Homeless Count in Surrey. The two were walking around Whalley to speak with people experiencing homelessness. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Volunteers search for ‘hidden problem’ during Surrey’s homeless count

Organizer says there are some challenges when it comes to identifying people

Volunteers Diane Gulbransen, left, and Silvana Biondi during the 2020 Homeless Count in Surrey. The two were walking around Whalley to speak with people experiencing homelessness. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Volunteers with the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count wore distinctive yellow buttons Wednesday. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Identifying homeless is ‘the biggest selling point’ for funding: White Rock mayor

Volunteers dedicated a 24-hour period this week to updating the region’s data on homelessness

Volunteers with the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count wore distinctive yellow buttons Wednesday. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)

Police seize nine guns, machetes, drugs from tent in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Police believe the tent is a communal or shared space and no single occupant has been identified

Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)
Volunteers during the 2017 homeless count in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood. (File photo)

‘Urgent’ need for Metro Vancouver homeless count volunteers

Organizers say another 100 people are sought to help in Surrey and Burnaby

Volunteers during the 2017 homeless count in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood. (File photo)
Rocco Forte and Sources CEO David Young speak to participants of the Coldest Night of the Year event in White Rock. (Tiffany Kwong photo)

PHOTOS: White Rock’s Coldest Night event raises $106K

Although the event is over, competition is starting to heat up

Rocco Forte and Sources CEO David Young speak to participants of the Coldest Night of the Year event in White Rock. (Tiffany Kwong photo)
A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)
Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)

Maggie and Tim: B.C. residential school survivor turns to faith, forgiveness in mourning son

A young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)
Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Maggie and Tim: A residential school survivor and her son who died on B.C. streets

Part one of a two-part series on a young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
White Rock’s extreme-weather shelter (15262 Pacific Ave) is open this weekend. (File photo)

Winter coats needed for White Rock weather shelter

Donations sought as average of 20 guests hunker down nightly

White Rock’s extreme-weather shelter (15262 Pacific Ave) is open this weekend. (File photo)
With subzero temperatures in the forecast, White Rock’s extreme-weather shelter is open “until further notice.” (File photo)

Heavy rains prompt White Rock weather shelter to reopen

Up to 120 mm of rain expected by midday Saturday

With subzero temperatures in the forecast, White Rock’s extreme-weather shelter is open “until further notice.” (File photo)
Participants in the 2019 CNOY fundraising event pause for a picture outside the Cloverdale Community Kitchen. This year’s fundraising walk will take place Feb. 22. (Photo submitted)

Cloverdale’s annual walk for charity still looking for sponsors and participants

Coldest Night of the Year, or CNOY, comes to Surrey Feb. 22

Participants in the 2019 CNOY fundraising event pause for a picture outside the Cloverdale Community Kitchen. This year’s fundraising walk will take place Feb. 22. (Photo submitted)
Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Victoria police chief suggests staggering welfare payments, others say solution not that simple

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’
READERS REACT: Surrey homeless woman says city wrongly euthanized her dog

READERS REACT: Surrey homeless woman says city wrongly euthanized her dog

Our readers share their opinion about this incident involving a homeless woman from Whalley

READERS REACT: Surrey homeless woman says city wrongly euthanized her dog
Tent city in Whalley (File photo: Amy Reid)

VIDEO: Blankets needed at Surrey’s “tent city” on 135A Street

Advocate asks for donations along the Whalley strip to help keep the homeless warm

Tent city in Whalley (File photo: Amy Reid)
Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. VIEWS: Getting past the homeless rhetoric

Politicians treat citizens protecting neighbourhoods as the problem

Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
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