Homeless

This message opposing the planned Moira House shelter on Kingston Avenue in North Kamloops was among those seen attached to fencing on Tuesday, Nov. 30.KTW

Kamloops man assaulted while removing anti-homeless shelter leaflets

A 21-year-old man with autism spectrum disorder is recovering after being punched in the face

  • Dec 2, 2021

 

The Lighthouse Shelter will be open this winter, beginning the night of Wednesday, Nov. 10. Because of COVID-19 and being able to use the McGuire Lake building, the shelter was able to have a live-in shelter beginning in late spring 2020. The McGuire Lake building is no longer available. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm opens in former location with reduced capacity

Because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions new nightly limit of 10 people

 

Construction is underway on the second phase of My Place, which will provide 52 additional supportive housing units for homeless individuals. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

More motel beds, Indigenous consultant support Vernon’s homeless

Meanwhile tight housing market, high rents could land more people on the streets

 

Salmon Arm firefighters were able to quickly extinguish flames in a grassy area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW on Oct. 25, one of several fires the fire department has responded to since temperatures cooled. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Camps where people living rough spark fires in Salmon Arm recently

Fire chief says last one different because more bicycles than usual discovered

Salmon Arm firefighters were able to quickly extinguish flames in a grassy area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW on Oct. 25, one of several fires the fire department has responded to since temperatures cooled. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Tim has been experiencing homelessness in Penticton for 15 years. (OneSky video grab)

VIDEO: Trying to survive the streets of Penticton

Newly released videos show the real stories of people experiencing homelessness

Tim has been experiencing homelessness in Penticton for 15 years. (OneSky video grab)
(Black Press file)

Judge reserves decision on Prince George homeless camps

Advocates want resolution as cold weather season approaches

(Black Press file)
police badge file photo

No foul play suspected with body found across from Penticton detachment

RCMP said the deceased was a local man experiencing homelessness

police badge file photo
The sign detailing the project with the bird showing the size of the issue (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)

Oliver home to birdhouse showcase in support of homelessness

The birdhouses are on display at the corner of Fairview and Main in downtown Oliver

The sign detailing the project with the bird showing the size of the issue (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)
A 24-hour count was conducted of people experiencing homelessness in Penticton, where 114 people were counted. (File photo)

An estimated 114 experiencing homelessness in Penticton

Count grows slightly since 2018, according to BC Housing count

A 24-hour count was conducted of people experiencing homelessness in Penticton, where 114 people were counted. (File photo)
Wyatt Rand helps with filling the Kelowna Community Fridge on April 24. Located at 1310 Bertram Street, the outdoor pantry and fridge is now accessible 24/7 for dropoff and pickups. (Aaron Hemens/Kelowna Capital News)

Community fridge opening in Lake Country

Volunteers get a boost from district towards new initiative

Wyatt Rand helps with filling the Kelowna Community Fridge on April 24. Located at 1310 Bertram Street, the outdoor pantry and fridge is now accessible 24/7 for dropoff and pickups. (Aaron Hemens/Kelowna Capital News)
Packman Opens Hearts serves meals and is now keeping those thirsty hydrated during this heat wave. (Packman Moving and Labour Services photo)

Water donations needed for Vernon’s homeless, less fortunate

Packman Opens Hearts group keeping most at risk hydrated

Packman Opens Hearts serves meals and is now keeping those thirsty hydrated during this heat wave. (Packman Moving and Labour Services photo)
BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A homeless camp is pictured in Strathcona Park in Vancouver. British Columbia’s housing minister says campers in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park can either choose to accept the housing on offer or leave the park. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. working to house people camping in Vancouver park as deadline to leave looms

Campers at the park have until Friday at 10 a.m. to tear down their tents

A homeless camp is pictured in Strathcona Park in Vancouver. British Columbia’s housing minister says campers in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park can either choose to accept the housing on offer or leave the park. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Randy Stenger is employed by Springline Construction Ltd., which is currently working near Buckerfields where a memorial for Vinny Larson, who died in a fire at his camp there, was created. Strenger was given direction by his boss to move and save the memorial. The tributes were taken to a lunch program April 2 in hopes of receiving ideas for a new site. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Construction company saves Salmon Arm memorial for man killed in fire

Employee moved by task of preserving tributes to man living rough, one moment stands out for him

Randy Stenger is employed by Springline Construction Ltd., which is currently working near Buckerfields where a memorial for Vinny Larson, who died in a fire at his camp there, was created. Strenger was given direction by his boss to move and save the memorial. The tributes were taken to a lunch program April 2 in hopes of receiving ideas for a new site. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Randy Stenger is employed by Springline Construction Ltd., which is currently working near Buckerfields where a memorial for Vinny Larson, who died in a fire at his camp there, was created. Strenger was given direction by his boss to move and save the memorial. The tributes were taken to a lunch program April 2 in hopes of receiving ideas for a new site. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Construction company saves Salmon Arm memorial for man killed in fire

Employee moved by task of preserving tributes to man living rough, one moment stands out for him

Randy Stenger is employed by Springline Construction Ltd., which is currently working near Buckerfields where a memorial for Vinny Larson, who died in a fire at his camp there, was created. Strenger was given direction by his boss to move and save the memorial. The tributes were taken to a lunch program April 2 in hopes of receiving ideas for a new site. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm firefighter Steve St. Denis, who looks after fire prevention for the fire department, led the plan to provide fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors to people who are living rough in the community. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People living rough in Salmon Arm to receive fire extinguishers, smoke detectors

Fire department, social service agencies want to keep people and property safe after fires in camps

Salmon Arm firefighter Steve St. Denis, who looks after fire prevention for the fire department, led the plan to provide fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors to people who are living rough in the community. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm firefighter Steve St. Denis, who looks after fire prevention for the fire department, has led the plan to provide fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors to people who are living rough in the community. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People living rough in Salmon Arm to receive fire extinguishers, smoke detectors

Fire department, social service agencies want to keep people and property safe after fires in camps

Salmon Arm firefighter Steve St. Denis, who looks after fire prevention for the fire department, has led the plan to provide fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors to people who are living rough in the community. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Hundreds gather in Penticton in June 2020, for the Black Lives Matter protest. (Phil McLachlan, Black Press Media)

Penticton residents fire back at RCMP over right to protests during pandemic

As long as COVID-19 safety measures are maintained, citizens have a right to protest

Hundreds gather in Penticton in June 2020, for the Black Lives Matter protest. (Phil McLachlan, Black Press Media)
HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)

Non-profit hosts virtual gala to support Okanagan’s vulnerable

HOPE Okanagan wants to raise awareness and support for those struggling in the streets

HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)
A makeshift cold-weather camp that popped over Family Day long weekend in Parksville, located in the back parking lot of St. Anne’s church. (Mandy Moraes photo)

As snow falls on shelter-less B.C. town, woman builds her own makeshift homeless camp

‘There’s no doors open and these people are literally freezing’

A makeshift cold-weather camp that popped over Family Day long weekend in Parksville, located in the back parking lot of St. Anne’s church. (Mandy Moraes photo)