Homeless

White Rock’s extreme weather shelter had a busy night as they supported people in the community experiencing homelessness to have a safe and warm place to take shelter in. (Engaged Communities/Twitter video screenshot)

Extreme Weather shelter in Lower Mainland sees highest number of unhoused people during snow storm

Some unhoused people have jobs, but cost of living is too high for shelter, says organization

 

Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Maple Ridge resident suggests asking Ukrainian refugees to help at homeless shelter

Writer says it would help the community, and help them with language and integration

  • Nov 26, 2022

 

Black Press Media file photo

Homelessness in Kelowna tripled in size in the last year: Bylaw

The cleaning of ‘Tent City’ required a backhoe, a dump truck, and about 20 RCMP and bylaw officers

 

FILE – Indigenous organizations, tent city residents and others hold a news conference outside the former single room occupancy Balmoral Hotel to protest the city’s ongoing removal of a homeless encampment on the sidewalks in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

75% spike: 247 people experiencing homelessness died in 2021 in B.C.

Increase in lives lost fuelled by the ongoing toxic drug poisonings

FILE – Indigenous organizations, tent city residents and others hold a news conference outside the former single room occupancy Balmoral Hotel to protest the city’s ongoing removal of a homeless encampment on the sidewalks in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. The city has been clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Judicial review sought of fire order to remove tents off Vancouver street

Petition argues fire chief made order without procedural fairness to those living on Hastings Street

A man using a rolling walker walks on the street past tents setup on the sidewalk at a sprawling homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on August 16, 2022. The city has been clearing the street in accordance with a safety order by the city’s fire chief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person living in a tent (not pictured) was run over and dragged by the driver of a Dodge Ram at the Rail Trail homeless encampment. The person was taken to hospital with significant injuries. (Facebook)

UPDATE: Charges laid after man dragged through encampment by truck

Driver arrested; Victim taken to hospital with serious injuries

A person living in a tent (not pictured) was run over and dragged by the driver of a Dodge Ram at the Rail Trail homeless encampment. The person was taken to hospital with significant injuries. (Facebook)
Photo taken with permission of a woman who had a seizure, due in part to the extreme heat in Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna’s vulnerable want to shelter from heat wave, but bylaw requires they move

Bylaw requires residents of homeless encampment to pack-up and leave each morning

Photo taken with permission of a woman who had a seizure, due in part to the extreme heat in Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
(City of Maple Ridge/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge councillors lauds Community Social Safety Initiative

Report to council says The Hub could expand its services to street people

(City of Maple Ridge/Special to The News)
Coast Mental Health CEO Darrell Burnham shows MLA Bob D’Eith a supportive housing unit in Maple Ridge. (THE NEWS files)

Group operating supported housing facilities in Maple Ridge gets highest accreditation

Government review of Royal Crescent mods, and the deaths there, has not started

Coast Mental Health CEO Darrell Burnham shows MLA Bob D’Eith a supportive housing unit in Maple Ridge. (THE NEWS files)
Verna Ryan and Adam Burley say the trails in their neighbourhood are an eyesore. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge townhouse residents have problems with homeless camping area

Residents ask city to house homeless and clean up greenspace

Verna Ryan and Adam Burley say the trails in their neighbourhood are an eyesore. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Thanks for turning spotlight on people helping our homeless

Samaritans of the Streets a good start to education and awareness of imperative societal issue

  • Mar 27, 2022
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prince George apologizes for taking down part of a homeless camp

Judge finds that Prince George ‘inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people’

Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prince George apologizes for taking down part of a homeless camp

Judge finds that Prince George ‘inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people’

Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Inside one of the rooms at Royal Crescent supportive housing in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

Government orders review of Maple Ridge modular housing

After deaths made public, review to ‘address community concerns about operations’

Inside one of the rooms at Royal Crescent supportive housing in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden

‘Inappropriate service provision’ at modular housing, says Morden

Maple Ridge Mayor calls for ‘right model and operator’ for new supportive housing

Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden
Diedra Lucas at the Royal Crescent temporary modular housing. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Woman lists people dying in Maple Ridge supportive housing

Formerly homeless, she blames operator for conditions: ‘Tent City with a roof’

Diedra Lucas at the Royal Crescent temporary modular housing. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Hub volunteers Kevin Getkate, Francis Cowles, Rick Butler and Debbie Picco. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge volunteers make The Hub a ‘success’

City facility offers refuge where homeless can shower, eat, and even get community service referrals

Hub volunteers Kevin Getkate, Francis Cowles, Rick Butler and Debbie Picco. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Teri Mitchell with fellow community dinner volunteers Jean Ruttan, Rb Williams and Joan Roach. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Volunteers breaking bread and creating community

A Maple Ridge man’s homeless outreach has left a legacy

Teri Mitchell with fellow community dinner volunteers Jean Ruttan, Rb Williams and Joan Roach. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Non-Judgmental Recovery volunteers Nadine Larko, James Baryluk, another volunteer, and founders Dena Jones and Jesse Sokol assemble packages for homeless people at the CEED Centre. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge recovery group driven to help drug users get rehab

Non-judgmental Recovery’s outreach yields impressive results

Non-Judgmental Recovery volunteers Nadine Larko, James Baryluk, another volunteer, and founders Dena Jones and Jesse Sokol assemble packages for homeless people at the CEED Centre. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2021. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES/Special to Black Press Media)

2021 worst year for local overdose deaths

President of Alouette Addictions calls for overdose prevention site in Maple Ridge

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2021. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES/Special to Black Press Media)