Homelessness

The old BC Tree Fruits packinghouse at 858 Ellis St. is being converted into a temporary homeless shelter. (Photo/Google Street Maps)

New temporary shelter opening on Ellis Street in Kelowna

The building will replace the temporary shelter at 550 Doyle Avenue

 

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Kelowna Gospel Mission reaches out even further

Extended lunch service runs every day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving approximately 100 people

 

The Homeless Hub estimates homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion per year and calls for relatively modest spending increases to address the issue. (Photo/Journey Home YouTube)

Ending homeless in Kelowna, and the rest of Canada, ‘daunting undertaking’

‘No one in Canada should die for the lack of a home’

  • Jun 10, 2022

 

For Soren, homelessness started when he lost his car. (Photo/Journey Home)

Into homelessness and out again in Kelowna

‘I lost everything, I lost every asset I had’

  • Jun 1, 2022
For Soren, homelessness started when he lost his car. (Photo/Journey Home)
Corey has a long history with drugs. He used cocaine for ten years and opiates for 25, but he’s put all of that behind him. (Photo contributed)

Kelowna man laughing through adversity

“life’s too short to be miserable, laughter’s the best medicine, and pay it forward”

  • May 17, 2022
Corey has a long history with drugs. He used cocaine for ten years and opiates for 25, but he’s put all of that behind him. (Photo contributed)
This story is about Lee and her journey with homelessness. (Photo contributed)

Stigma remains for those experiencing homelessness in Kelowna

‘I was in search of a better life.’

  • May 16, 2022
This story is about Lee and her journey with homelessness. (Photo contributed)
A study that links the foster care system with youth homelessness has come with little surprise for Penticton nonprofit workers that work with struggling youth.

Penticton-based youth homelessness report sent to Victoria, Ottawa as a ‘plea for action’

The ‘Nowhere to Go Report’ was endorsed by Penticton council in February

A study that links the foster care system with youth homelessness has come with little surprise for Penticton nonprofit workers that work with struggling youth.
Stephen Village is a supportive housing complex on Aggasiz Ave. in Kelowna (File photo)

To end chronic homelessness in Kelowna more supportive housing needed

Another 516 units are needed by 2026: Journey Home Society

Stephen Village is a supportive housing complex on Aggasiz Ave. in Kelowna (File photo)
Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon sees decline in crimes involving street entrenched population

First three months of 2022 show a 30 per cent drop in street-entrenched crimes over previous quarter

Crimes involving Vernon’s street entrenched population have dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter and the same months in 2021. (Black Press file photo)
An RCMP officer keeps an eye on residents as they pack up their items after spending the night at a new homeless camp set up near the Kelowna Curling Club in November 2019. (Jen Zielinski - Capital News)

Grant application for Kelowna’s outdoor sheltering program

Pandemic has led to increase in unsheltered homeless, says staff report

An RCMP officer keeps an eye on residents as they pack up their items after spending the night at a new homeless camp set up near the Kelowna Curling Club in November 2019. (Jen Zielinski - Capital News)
The campaign is aimed at reducing the stigma faced by people experiencing homelessness. (Photo/Journey Home YouTube)
The campaign is aimed at reducing the stigma faced by people experiencing homelessness. (Photo/Journey Home YouTube)
The B.C. government announced March 31, 2022, it has purchased the former Polson Park Motel in Vernon to provide 29 permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness. (Google Street View photo)

B.C. boosts Vernon’s affordable housing with motel purchase

With the purchase of the former Polson Park Motel, Vernon adds 29 units to its housing stock

The B.C. government announced March 31, 2022, it has purchased the former Polson Park Motel in Vernon to provide 29 permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness. (Google Street View photo)
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

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
(Black Press file photo)

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)

(Black Press file 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
A presentation by the Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative was hosted by the All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon on Jan. 18, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Okanagan researchers look for solutions to homelessness

Presentation by Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative hosted by Vernon church

A presentation by the Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative was hosted by the All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon on Jan. 18, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Cold weather shelters opening in Vernon, West Kelowna

Turning Points Collaborative has a number of programs and services for those facing homelessness this winter

(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Cedar Place, the third of three buildings in an affordable housing project in Salmon Arm, opened its doors Nov. 8 and is expected to be filled in the next three weeks. The project is a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association, Shuswap-Revelstoke, the City of Salmon Arm and BC Housing. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Third building in Salmon Arm’s affordable housing project opens doors

Cedar Place contains 38 studio units to house people without homes, those at risk of homelessness

Cedar Place, the third of three buildings in an affordable housing project in Salmon Arm, opened its doors Nov. 8 and is expected to be filled in the next three weeks. The project is a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association, Shuswap-Revelstoke, the City of Salmon Arm and BC Housing. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
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