Homelessness

The City of Kelowna warming bus pilot program will be similar to one operated by Turning Points Collaborative Society in Vernon. (Black Press file photo)

City of Kelowna on board with ‘warming bus’ pilot program

The bus will be parked at the designated outdoor sheltering site starting the evening of Dec. 1

 

King’s Christian School Grade 10 students in the Family and Society class walk through the tunnel heading towards Salmon Arm Secondary’s Jackson campus during the 24-hour period when they were getting a better understanding of what it might be like to be without a home. (Photo contributed)

Students try living rough in Salmon Arm through 24-hour experiment

King’s Christian Grade 10 class surrenders familiar comforts for cold night out

 

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, left, and Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer listen as B.C. Premier David Eby announces a new public safety plan in Vancouver on Sunday, November 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver city council approves funding for more police, mental-health nurses

Motion leaves door open for provincial or federal government to contribute

 

A Journey Home spokesman said there are about 130 people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. (Black Press/File photo)

New program shows real-time availability of shelter beds in Kelowna

On Nov.22, at 2p.m. Kelowna had two shelter beds available for adults

A Journey Home spokesman said there are about 130 people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. (Black Press/File photo)
B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eby drills down on age-restrictive stratas, municipal targets in new housing measures

Proposed legislation will give B.C. greater control over how communities address housing needs

B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A look inside the former Victory Church Shelter in Penticton, which closed earlier in 2022. (File photo)

Extreme weather shelters in Penticton will open when temperatures hit at least -7 C

A temporary shelter was open in Penticton from Nov. 8 to 14; no confirmed location moving forward

A look inside the former Victory Church Shelter in Penticton, which closed earlier in 2022. (File photo)
A homeless camp was taken down in Vernon at the far end of Polson Park near the railroad tracks Nov. 10, 2022. (Derrick Abram Koscielny photo)

Vernon homeless camp taken down

It’s unknown where residents who lived at the camp are now residing

A homeless camp was taken down in Vernon at the far end of Polson Park near the railroad tracks Nov. 10, 2022. (Derrick Abram Koscielny photo)
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is currently the site of an extreme weather response shelter in Penticton due to the cold temperatures. (Google Streetview)

Penticton quietly opens and closes extreme weather shelter

The church location was open for three nights

The Seventh Day Adventist Church is currently the site of an extreme weather response shelter in Penticton due to the cold temperatures. (Google Streetview)
Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The Auditor General will table several reports on Tuesday that will assess the government’s performance on a range of issues, including reducing chronic homelessness.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: Feds don’t know if they’re reducing homelessness, says auditor general

Hogan says lack of outcome accountability characterizes 1.36 billion housing effort

Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The Auditor General will table several reports on Tuesday that will assess the government’s performance on a range of issues, including reducing chronic homelessness.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Turning Points Collaborative Society’s 86-bed year-round shelter isn’t enough to house Vernon’s homeless population over the cold winter months. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)

Not enough shelter space to warm Vernon’s homeless population

At least 100 people are sleeping outside in Vernon, according to bylaw

Turning Points Collaborative Society’s 86-bed year-round shelter isn’t enough to house Vernon’s homeless population over the cold winter months. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)
Parkers escaped fire damage on Nov. 3 after several fires were lit near the dealership. However, they did have their window smashed during that night. (Google image)

Penticton RCMP investigate several suspicious fires as colder temperatures set in

Four fires were set in the overnight hours of Nov. 3 near Main and Atkinson

Parkers escaped fire damage on Nov. 3 after several fires were lit near the dealership. However, they did have their window smashed during that night. (Google image)
Shelter and outreach operators in the B.C. Interior, including several in the Okanagan, have authored an open letter to Interior Health, BC Housing and municipalities calling for changes to the way the “homeless crisis” is addressed. The letter was issued Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

‘We are tired of the futility’: Okanagan shelters call for changes to homelessness response

Open letter addressed to Interior Health, BC Housing, municipalities calls for ‘meaningful change’

Shelter and outreach operators in the B.C. Interior, including several in the Okanagan, have authored an open letter to Interior Health, BC Housing and municipalities calling for changes to the way the “homeless crisis” is addressed. The letter was issued Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Candles used for light and warmth at Kelowna’s Tent City (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

3 blazes in a week at Kelowna’s Tent City has residents calling for extinguishers

Many people are using candles, wood fires and propane heaters to stay warm

Candles used for light and warmth at Kelowna’s Tent City (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
People who had set up tents in the soccer fields in Salmon Arm across Fifth Avenue SW from Cedar Place, the housing complex for people who are without homes or at risk of becoming homeless, were taking down their tents at the end of September after being asked to vacate by a bylaw officer. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

As temperatures drop, no word yet on search for year-round shelter in Salmon Arm

A place to stay warm, a washroom and showers top wish list of tenters in city

People who had set up tents in the soccer fields in Salmon Arm across Fifth Avenue SW from Cedar Place, the housing complex for people who are without homes or at risk of becoming homeless, were taking down their tents at the end of September after being asked to vacate by a bylaw officer. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
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235 Nickel Road, Kelowna, B.C. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Owner of Kelowna problem house finally finds support to evict squatters

Squatters have until Sept. 30 to vacate the property as per negotiations

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235 Nickel Road, Kelowna, B.C. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)
A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. BC Housing says 40 people who were living in a Downtown Eastside street encampment being cleared by city workers have accepted offers of accommodation. The agency’s vice-president of operations Dale McCann was speaking at a City Hall press conference today where Mayor Kennedy Stewart reported “good progress” clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

40 residents of Vancouver street camp accept accommodation: BC Housing

Workers removing two tonnes of material per day from the encampment on East Hastings Street

A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. BC Housing says 40 people who were living in a Downtown Eastside street encampment being cleared by city workers have accepted offers of accommodation. The agency’s vice-president of operations Dale McCann was speaking at a City Hall press conference today where Mayor Kennedy Stewart reported “good progress” clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Beautifying tent city: Resident providing fresh food through community garden

The garden’s harvest includes zucchini, kale, tomatoes, strawberries and cauliflower

Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street as the city works to clear tents from a sprawling homeless encampment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. People living in a growing street encampment along a busy street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. The city’s fire chief issued an order last month requiring the tents be cleared because of an extreme fire safety hazard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Threatening flyers distributed throughout Vancouver tent encampment: police

Vancouver police say flyers contained threats to burn down tents with gasoline and propane

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street as the city works to clear tents from a sprawling homeless encampment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. People living in a growing street encampment along a busy street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. The city’s fire chief issued an order last month requiring the tents be cleared because of an extreme fire safety hazard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
City councillors respond to letters regarding numbers growing of people who are homeless in Salmon Arm, explaining many agencies working to improve situation, solutions are complex. (File photo)

‘Empathy and compassion’: Councillors say don’t rush to judge homelessness in Salmon Arm

City councillor moved to tears by letter of woman whose daughter is addicted, living on street

City councillors respond to letters regarding numbers growing of people who are homeless in Salmon Arm, explaining many agencies working to improve situation, solutions are complex. (File photo)