Homelessness

Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)

COVID-19: Shelter-seeking B.C. homeless group resorts to sleeping in graveyard

People to camp near Parksville church at night as group looks for assistance

Rev. Christine Muise at St. Anne’s Church on Jan. 8 in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)
A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Topaz Park camp for Victoria’s homeless desperate for volunteers

More hands needed to help enforce COVID-19 standards

A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The Royal Athletic Park is set to become a temporary site for Victoria’s homeless population. (Facebook/ The Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park)

Victoria community hosts Q&A night with VicPD chief about Royal Athletic Park

The NPNA wants more answers to what will happen at the park to help the homeless during COVID-19

The Royal Athletic Park is set to become a temporary site for Victoria’s homeless population. (Facebook/ The Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park)
Trevor Botkin, Trades Manager for HeroWork, stands in front of some of the donated items heading to the occupants of Topaz Park. (File Contributed/ Paul Latour)

More than 600 items donated to the homeless occupants of Topaz Park

Newly established Neighbourhood Response Team helps coordinate collection

Trevor Botkin, Trades Manager for HeroWork, stands in front of some of the donated items heading to the occupants of Topaz Park. (File Contributed/ Paul Latour)
A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)

‘I bawled, it was heartbreaking’: Parksville homeless shelter forced to close due to COVID-19 concerns

Reverend at St. Anne’s Church pleads for government’s assistance, facility doesn’t pass health standard

St. Anne’s Church in Parksville. (Cloe Logan photo)
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Subway offers free sandwiches to homeless on Christmas Day

The Wilkinson Road location will be offering free sandwiches between 10 and 11 a.m.

  • Dec 23, 2019
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
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Number of homeless deaths more than doubled in B.C. as opioid crisis set in

New data shows trend between more overdose deaths and the number of people dying in the street

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A homeless camp on the outskirts of Victoria. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness thinks ending homelessness is within reach. (Black Press file photo)

Three mayors join forces on Capital Region anti-homelessness coalition

Rapid and substantial progress towards a region without homelessness is in reach, says mayors

A homeless camp on the outskirts of Victoria. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness thinks ending homelessness is within reach. (Black Press file photo)
Josh Blair, executive vice-president for Telus Health, and registered nurse and program co-ordinator Maude Blanchette Lamothe stand outside the new Victoria mobile health clinic, a joint program between Doctors of the World and Telus Health. The mobile clinic will work with members of the city’s street community to provide health care to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Photo courtesy Telus Health

Mobile health clinic treats underserved patients where they are in Victoria

Telus Health and Doctors for the World team up to expand idea

Josh Blair, executive vice-president for Telus Health, and registered nurse and program co-ordinator Maude Blanchette Lamothe stand outside the new Victoria mobile health clinic, a joint program between Doctors of the World and Telus Health. The mobile clinic will work with members of the city’s street community to provide health care to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Photo courtesy Telus Health
The NDP’s 2018 B.C. budget makes a long-term commitment to address the housing crisis. News file photo

Editorial: The $1.6-billion question — is the 2018 housing budget enough?

After decades of bad practises, the real estate market must recover before it thrives.

  • Feb 24, 2018
The NDP’s 2018 B.C. budget makes a long-term commitment to address the housing crisis. News file photo
Victoria’s Our Place Society hosts the first Coldest Night of the Year event on Saturday (Feb. 24). Photo courtesy Our Place Society

Victoria is stepping up for the homeless on Feb. 24

Walkers have pledged nearly $30,000 ahead of Coldest Night of the Year

  • Feb 21, 2018
Victoria’s Our Place Society hosts the first Coldest Night of the Year event on Saturday (Feb. 24). Photo courtesy Our Place Society
Students prepare their sleeping bags in the front entrance of Central middle school for a Tuesday night sleep out. The members of the school’s Social Justice class chose to sleep outdoors to better understand the plight of the city’s homeless community. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Central students get a taste of sleeping rough

Social Justice class trying to spread awareness to classmates of homelessness

Students prepare their sleeping bags in the front entrance of Central middle school for a Tuesday night sleep out. The members of the school’s Social Justice class chose to sleep outdoors to better understand the plight of the city’s homeless community. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Homeless teenage boy bundled up under an overpass. (File photo)
Homeless teenage boy bundled up under an overpass. (File photo)
A cart sits in front of a tent pitched in Beacon Hill Park on Tuesday evening. The city says the number of park campers is up more than usual this summer. Lauren Boothby/Victoria News

Tenting in Victoria city parks is up this summer

‘Tourists’ blamed for increase, with shelter beds numbers also up

A cart sits in front of a tent pitched in Beacon Hill Park on Tuesday evening. The city says the number of park campers is up more than usual this summer. Lauren Boothby/Victoria News
Esquimalt resident Gary Davis stands outside Our Place on Pandora Avenue. On Saturday, June 10, Davis will lead a handful of people through downtown Victoria, beginning at Our Place, as part of Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada’s national walk to help locate homeless and in-crisis veterans. Kendra Wong/Victoria News

Tour of Duty walk in Victoria to raise awareness of veteran homelessness

Local chapter has helped roughly a dozen veterans in the city in recent months

Esquimalt resident Gary Davis stands outside Our Place on Pandora Avenue. On Saturday, June 10, Davis will lead a handful of people through downtown Victoria, beginning at Our Place, as part of Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada’s national walk to help locate homeless and in-crisis veterans. Kendra Wong/Victoria News