Homelessness

Surrey Councillor Brenda Locke. (File photo: Amy Reid)

Councillor says Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society board disbanded

Brenda Locke says the decision was a direction from mayor, council ‘to bring it in-house’

Surrey Councillor Brenda Locke. (File photo: Amy Reid)
An early rendering of Guildford Place, a supportive housing project at 14706 104th Ave. The project will include 61 units. (Image: BC Housing)

Two new supportive housing buildings on way for Surrey, province announces

Construction on Guildford facility to begin in July; land identified in Newton for third project

An early rendering of Guildford Place, a supportive housing project at 14706 104th Ave. The project will include 61 units. (Image: BC Housing)
A homeless camp on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford in 2013 is the subject of a complaint that will proceed to a hearing of the Human Rights Tribunal. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Human-rights complaint by 5 homeless men in Abbotsford will proceed to hearing

Issues occurred in 2013 around time of infamous manure-spreading incident

A homeless camp on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford in 2013 is the subject of a complaint that will proceed to a hearing of the Human Rights Tribunal. (Abbotsford News file photo)
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)
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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)
Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak

Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak

Local non-profits are giving out hand wipes and sanitizer

Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak
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)
Judy Simmill and one of her crocheted sleeping mats made from plastic bags. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

WATCH: Chilliwack woman makes sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags

The crocheted mats are given out to people in the streets by security personnel

Judy Simmill and one of her crocheted sleeping mats made from plastic bags. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
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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Youth homeless count events happening in Lower Mainland communities

Youth homeless count events happening in Lower Mainland communities

Metro Vancouver is doing a count of the number of homeless youth in the region.

Youth homeless count events happening in Lower Mainland communities
Photo: Bala Yogesh                                 Toque Tuesday’s “Supreme Commander” Tim Baillie says the annual event raises awareness about homelessness.

VIDEO: Toque Tuesday raises $1,500 to help homeless in Surrey

Wet weather didn’t hamper friendly street hockey tournament that took place at Surrey City Hall Plaza

Photo: Bala Yogesh                                 Toque Tuesday’s “Supreme Commander” Tim Baillie says the annual event raises awareness about homelessness.
Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Mostly co-operative group emerged from the woods with possessions and dispersed

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday