homeless housing

The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm will close its doors permanently on May 31, 2022. Plans are underway to come up with options that better meet the needs of people who are without homes. (File photo)

Homeless shelter in Salmon Arm to close its doors permanently

Groups working together to provide options that better meet needs of individuals

 

A previous homeless camp that was cleared out by the City of Penticton. Some camps along Highway 97 are harder to get rid of due to jurisdiction issues. (City of Penticton)

No leeway for homeless camping in Penticton

City has no appetite to create a designated camping spot like Kelowna has done

 

(Photo/Turning Points Collaborative Society)

Leases extended at 2 Kelowna shelters for people experiencing homelessness

Need for shelter services in Kelowna ‘greater than ever’

 

Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. tiny home pods offer ‘emergency middle ground’ for unhoused people

Walk With Me Campbell River’s goal is to provide 30 units for people by fall 2022

Walk With Me cultural safety production coordinator Darcy Honey is nice and comfortable inside the new mobile shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Tent camp in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria B.C., April 2021. Campers in urban regions are often people who have refused shelter space, or have been expelled from local shelters. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Surrey, Abbotsford, Vancouver get first centres for homeless people

Mayors called for end to ‘catch and release’ justice system

Tent camp in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria B.C., April 2021. Campers in urban regions are often people who have refused shelter space, or have been expelled from local shelters. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna emergency shelter cannot accommodate increased demand, people sleep outside

Kelowna Gospel Mission does not have enough beds for Kelowna homeless and flood evacuees

Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Update: Minister Eby ‘disappointed’ over Penticton council’s decision to go to court over homeless shelter

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton paramountcy sparks Vernon vote

Heavy hand of B.C. government over homeless

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland council rejects transitional housing facility

Concerns raised about short timeline and condition of municipally-owned building

The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Transitional housing facility considered for Summerland

Temporary facility would occupy former youth centre location

The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A fire truck and police car park at the entrance to the Foreshore Trail about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 as fire crews respond to a report of a fire farther down the trail and just above the railway tracks, between Lakeshore Road and the tracks. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Fires in camps where people in Salmon Arm living rough spark concerns

Fire department doesn’t want to see another person injured or a fire in the city spread

A fire truck and police car park at the entrance to the Foreshore Trail about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 as fire crews respond to a report of a fire farther down the trail and just above the railway tracks, between Lakeshore Road and the tracks. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
About 50 people gathered Friday, March 5, 2021 in Penticton to protest city council’s decision to close a temporary winter shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

WATCH: Protest over Penticton shelter draws large crowd

People are gathering in Gyro Park to protest the closure of a winter shelter

About 50 people gathered Friday, March 5, 2021 in Penticton to protest city council’s decision to close a temporary winter shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Jason Haskett and Rachel Williams celebrated one year off the streets in July 2020 thanks to finding a home at My Place in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Supportive housing gives former homeless Okanagan couple hope

‘This building has helped us become stable and without it we’d probably still be out in the streets’

Jason Haskett and Rachel Williams celebrated one year off the streets in July 2020 thanks to finding a home at My Place in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
BC Housing has proposed that the emergency winter shelter at Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street be extended as a shelter until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be open until April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

One more year of ‘temporary’ homeless shelter in Penticton?

BC Housing has applied to extend Victory Church as a shelter for those experiencing homelessness

BC Housing has proposed that the emergency winter shelter at Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street be extended as a shelter until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be open until April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.

No cold weather shelter yet for the town of Oliver

Desert Sun picked Oliver United Church but the public has concerns with that location

Desert Sun wants to bring a temporary winter shelter to the Oliver United Church but town council asked to see alternative locations.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Black Press file photos)

Kelowna, Victoria mayors call on B.C. to create housing pilot for homeless with complex needs

The co-chairs of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus want to work with the B.C. government to develop a five-site pilot project

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. (Black Press file photos)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. The proposal was very contentious among Penticton city council in their Oct. 6, 2020 meeting. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton council delays decision on emergency winter shelter

The proposed Winnipeg St. location would only be used if all other shelters are full

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. The proposal was very contentious among Penticton city council in their Oct. 6, 2020 meeting. (Jesse Day - Western News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton’s Victory Church could become emergency shelter

BC Housing has identified a need for more winter shelters in Penticton amid pandemic

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Tent camp grows rapidly on Pandora Avenue in Victoria after drop-in centres closed due to COVID-19, March 26, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Stop passing the buck on tent camps, Horgan tells municipalities

Victoria, other cities advised to enforce their own bylaws

Tent camp grows rapidly on Pandora Avenue in Victoria after drop-in centres closed due to COVID-19, March 26, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Shelley Kiefiuck, site manager of My Place, shares the success of the supportive housing building one year since it first opened its doors. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Expectations exceeded in first year of Vernon supportive housing project

WATCH: Success stories from My Place residents shared to mark milestone

Shelley Kiefiuck, site manager of My Place, shares the success of the supportive housing building one year since it first opened its doors. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)