Homelessness

Turning Points Collaborative Society says it is ready to meet an increased demand for shelter space and services in Vernon during the winter months. (Contributed)

Winter weather means higher demand for Vernon shelters

Turning Points Collaborative Society says it’s ready for a long winter serving those most vulnerable

 

Mike Forster (left) and Kristyn Trickey (right) spend multiple nights a week supplying people experiencing homelessness in Penticton with food, clothing, blankets and other essential items. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Keeping the cold off: Penticton’s saviours to those experiencing homelessness

‘We can at least make that person a little warmer, a little more comfortable, a little less hungry’

 

Thanks to efforts by a Kelowna shelter and Elections BC, anyone who wishes to can vote in the 2020 BC Provincial Election, even if they don’t have a fixed address. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Kelowna group ensures people experiencing homelessness can vote

Shelter supervisor says voting ‘a fundamental right’ even for those without a fixed address

 

A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces creation of first-ever ‘navigation centre’ to help homeless

Residents referred to the navigation centre will be able to stay until longer-term housing is available

A man walks through a homeless camp where approximately 150 people are living at a parking lot on Port of Vancouver property adjacent to Crab Park, in Vancouver on June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sisters-in-law Heidi Routley of Vernon (left) and Kiley Routley of Lavington successfully slept outside Friday, July 10, to raise money and awareness for Covenant House Vancouver, a society that works with and for homeless youth. The pair lasted 12 hours with nothing more than a tent, piece of cardboard and small pillow, but raised nearly $2,400. (Photo contributed)

North Okanagan sisters-in-law sleep out successful

Kiley Routley and Heidi Routley raise nearly $2,400 and awareness for youth homelessness

Sisters-in-law Heidi Routley of Vernon (left) and Kiley Routley of Lavington successfully slept outside Friday, July 10, to raise money and awareness for Covenant House Vancouver, a society that works with and for homeless youth. The pair lasted 12 hours with nothing more than a tent, piece of cardboard and small pillow, but raised nearly $2,400. (Photo contributed)
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)
Upper Room Mission is facing temporary closures due to financial strain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission faces ‘huge financial distress,’ temporary closures

General manager Naomi Rouck hopes $40 for 40 years campaign will help keep the mission afloat

Upper Room Mission is facing temporary closures due to financial strain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)
George Pierce said his passion is to serve others and encourage them. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Okanagan volunteer wants to comfort, encourage Kelowna’s homeless

George Pierce is a volunteer at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

George Pierce said his passion is to serve others and encourage them. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
This dwelling in the Skaha Lake parking lot was torn down and confiscated by City of Penticton bylaw officers. (Facebook photo)

Penticton bylaw officers tear down homeless man’s camp

Bylaw had “serious” safety and fire concerns about the dwelling in the Skaha Lake parking lot.

This dwelling in the Skaha Lake parking lot was torn down and confiscated by City of Penticton bylaw officers. (Facebook photo)
Volunteer Dawn Darington, left, talks with a man who wished to be identified as Edgar to gather his information for the 2020 annual Point in Time count on Thursday. The count keeps a record of the homeless community and helps officials receive funds for programs. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Province to count Okanagan’s homeless

Volunteers will conduct counts in Vernon, Penticton, Kelowna and other communities this spring

Volunteer Dawn Darington, left, talks with a man who wished to be identified as Edgar to gather his information for the 2020 annual Point in Time count on Thursday. The count keeps a record of the homeless community and helps officials receive funds for programs. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
Anita Clifford, Laura Stamnes-Heggenstaller, Jeanne Arcand and Jennifer Monteith (along with their mascot Petey) are members of the Vernon Homeless Outreach Team formed in June. (Submitted photo)

Vernon team collecting warm donations for the homeless while waiting for charitable status

Vernon Homeless Outreach Team will collect donations in the Village Green Shopping Centre Oct. 26-27

Anita Clifford, Laura Stamnes-Heggenstaller, Jeanne Arcand and Jennifer Monteith (along with their mascot Petey) are members of the Vernon Homeless Outreach Team formed in June. (Submitted photo)
Meet Vernon’s newest homeless outreach team

Meet Vernon’s newest homeless outreach team

The Vernon Homeless Outreach Team makes its first formal appearance Aug. 28 at Upper Room Mission

Meet Vernon’s newest homeless outreach team
A Vernon woman has sent 20 pink packages of makeup and skincare products to homeless women and sex trade workers around the city, and she plans to donate more in the future. (Submitted Photo)

Entrepreneur gives Vernon’s homeless women a boost

The woman says she’ll continue to package and send out bags of products from her self-run business

A Vernon woman has sent 20 pink packages of makeup and skincare products to homeless women and sex trade workers around the city, and she plans to donate more in the future. (Submitted 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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