Homelessness

Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and passenger window of a police vehicle at the scene of a shooting, in Langley, B.C., on Monday, July 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘My heart breaks’: Trudeau, leaders react to deadly Langley shooting

28-year-old Surrey man shot four people, killing two, during a 5-hour spree Monday

 

Volunteer Kees Foster provides support for homeless visitors at during a previous extreme-weather shelter season. This season, the shelter was hosted at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, at 2350 148 St. (File photo)

South Surrey/White Rock seasonal shelters close, but need remains

‘That stop-and-go – it’s not sustainable, it’s not working’

 

FILE David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. ministers tout $633M to address homelessness day after data shows thousands unhoused

Funds going toward youth in care, complex-care housing, rent supplements, support workers

 

A free pantry set up in uptown White Rock was found in pieces Tuesday (March 15, 2022). (White Rock Pantry Project Facebook photo)

White Rock ‘free pantry’ reduced to pile of rubble

‘It’s sad that somebody was in that state of mind’

A free pantry set up in uptown White Rock was found in pieces Tuesday (March 15, 2022). (White Rock Pantry Project Facebook photo)
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23,000 people experienced homelessness in B.C. in 2019, new data shows

The province will release their strategy for homelessness on Thursday (March 17)

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An emergency daytime warming centre is operating in White Rock’s Centennial Arena parking lot through March 15, 2022. (Contributed file photo)
An emergency daytime warming centre is operating in White Rock’s Centennial Arena parking lot through March 15, 2022. (Contributed file photo)
An emergency daytime warming centre is operating in White Rock’s Centennial Arena parking lot through March 15, 2022. (Contributed photo)

‘So much happening’ at White Rock daytime warming centre

In addition to shelter from the cold, guests benefit from food, medical care and companionship

An emergency daytime warming centre is operating in White Rock’s Centennial Arena parking lot through March 15, 2022. (Contributed photo)
Sources’ 2022 Coldest Night of the Year event – held virtually from Friday (Feb. 25) to Sunday (Feb. 27) – raised more than $185,000. (Contributed photo)

Sources’ Coldest Night of the Year outpaces $185k

Organizer says donations for South Surrey/White Rock event may be made through March 31

Sources’ 2022 Coldest Night of the Year event – held virtually from Friday (Feb. 25) to Sunday (Feb. 27) – raised more than $185,000. (Contributed photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Brain injury endemic among homeless populations: Vancouver research

31% of those interviewed between Dec. 2016 and May 2018 reported at least one traumatic brain injury

A message is written on a door outside a tent at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. A new study says the rates of brain injury are endemic among the homeless.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, at 2350 148 St., has hosted the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s extreme-weather shelter for the 2021-2022 season, but White Rock is investigating a daytime warming centre to augment services for the homeless. (File photo)

City of White Rock takes first steps toward daytime warming centre

City will identify facilities, investigate possible partnerships

Mount Olive Lutheran Church, at 2350 148 St., has hosted the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s extreme-weather shelter for the 2021-2022 season, but White Rock is investigating a daytime warming centre to augment services for the homeless. (File photo)
Joseph Sikora of the Street Thug Barbers spend the Christmas weekend transporting propane around to homeless camps to help ensure people survived an arctic outflow that stalled over Abbotsford. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)

Helping homeless survive cold snap in Abbotsford a ‘desperate situation’

Churches and ministries worked overtime to ensure hundreds of people survived arctic outflow

Joseph Sikora of the Street Thug Barbers spend the Christmas weekend transporting propane around to homeless camps to help ensure people survived an arctic outflow that stalled over Abbotsford. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)
On Christmas Day in 2015, Erica Jane Beckstead (right) and other Whalley Santa Cause volunteers sort through hampers before delivering them to those living on local streets. (File photo)

‘Whalley Santa Cause’ donations needed for Christmas Day delivery to people living on Surrey streets

At 1 p.m. on Dec. 25, volunteers meet at Gateway SkyTrain station to start delivering hampers

On Christmas Day in 2015, Erica Jane Beckstead (right) and other Whalley Santa Cause volunteers sort through hampers before delivering them to those living on local streets. (File photo)
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Surrey students sell hand-drawn colouring books to help Homelessness and Housing Society

Community Leader awards for Grade 6/7 kids at Kirkbride Elementary, and also Cody Jacques

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Grade 11 Semiahmoo Secondary student Alexa Coote used a school project to gather packages of goods for those who come to the Extreme Weather Shelter. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey student’s action project for helping homeless ‘inspiring’

‘I realized I was very lucky to have what I have’

Grade 11 Semiahmoo Secondary student Alexa Coote used a school project to gather packages of goods for those who come to the Extreme Weather Shelter. (Contributed photo)
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, at 2350 148 St., is to host the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s extreme-weather shelter for the 2021-2022 season. (File photo)

South Surrey extreme-weather shelter relocating

Mount Olive Lutheran Church ‘looking forward to serving needs of vulnerable’

Mount Olive Lutheran Church, at 2350 148 St., is to host the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s extreme-weather shelter for the 2021-2022 season. (File photo)
Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Prince George bylaw targeting homeless people ‘scapegoats’ the poor, says expert

Municipality criticized for using harsh regulations to force street people from public spaces

Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation during a press conference at the provincial Legislature in Victoria on October 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Guildford’s new Baird Blackstone Building supportive housing project is named for William Baird Blackstone (inset photo), who died last January. Managed by Lookout Housing and Health Society, the building includes 61 studio units for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. (Building photo: Tom Zillich)

Surrey ‘in dire need’ of more supportive housing units like those in new Blackstone building

Guildford-area structure to house those experiencing homelessness

Guildford’s new Baird Blackstone Building supportive housing project is named for William Baird Blackstone (inset photo), who died last January. Managed by Lookout Housing and Health Society, the building includes 61 studio units for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. (Building photo: Tom Zillich)
Delta City Hall. (James Smith photo)

Delta getting $186K to tackle homelessness made worse by COVID-19

Joint provincial/federal funding to help communities increase services in response to pandemic

Delta City Hall. (James Smith photo)
Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Where will homelessness rise or fall? A federally funded AI has some predictions

Helpseeker says numbers should help policy-makers decide on where to put resources

Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh