Homeless

Nobody will be turned away from the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministry in the next couple of days as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing. (THE NEWS/files)

Ridge Meadows Salvation Army calls for extreme weather response

Freezing temperatures forecast tonight and Friday, snow on the weekend

 

Katherine McParland was executive director of A Way Home Kamloops, a non-profit agency devoted to working on ending youth homelessness. McParland herself was homeless for a period of time after aging out of the foster system. Photograph By KTW FILE

Kamloops homeless advocate leaves defining legacy following death

The death of the executive director of A Way Home Kamloops is being mourned by the team at the agency

  • Dec 7, 2020

 

There were 114 homeless people counted in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as part of the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count in March. (The News/files)

More than 100 homeless counted in March snapshot across Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Metro Vancouver Homeless Count has been taking place since 2002

 

Royal Crescent temporary modular homes opened in October 2018 with 53 studio suites. (The News files)

LETTER: Critical of Liberal candidates comments on supportive housing

Aspiring Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows MLAs should know there’s more to aiding homeless than shelter

  • Oct 18, 2020
Royal Crescent temporary modular homes opened in October 2018 with 53 studio suites. (The News files)
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LETTER: CERB is simply worsening overdose issues in Maple Ridge

Taxpayer money is going to help buy more drugs and increase cases of death on local streets: Reader

  • Sep 19, 2020
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Youth homelessness is a very real issue for many young people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and many community leaders and stakeholders have been working towards a solution. Friday, Sept. 18, the provincial government joined in the efforts. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media files)

Province joins in bid to house Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows youth at risk

BC Housing comes to table in a collaboration with stakeholders striving to secure supportive housing

Youth homelessness is a very real issue for many young people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and many community leaders and stakeholders have been working towards a solution. Friday, Sept. 18, the provincial government joined in the efforts. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media files)
This young person was seen leaned up against the wall of a local business in downtown Maple Ridge, along the Haney Bypass, sign, suitcase, and scooter nearby. (The News files)

LETTER: Is Maple Ridge’s approach to homeless and drug problems really helping?

One letter writer fears efforts to aid people in need are actually only enabling them further

  • Sep 10, 2020
This young person was seen leaned up against the wall of a local business in downtown Maple Ridge, along the Haney Bypass, sign, suitcase, and scooter nearby. (The News files)
Suraj Sangani, Arshpreet Singh and Winnie Lam, with the Maple Ridge Public Health Unit, put together hygiene bags during the 2020 Homeless Count at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadow Ministries earlier this year. (THE NEWS files)

Slight decrease in homelessness in Maple Ridge

2020 Homeless Count finds 114 people without housing in the city

Suraj Sangani, Arshpreet Singh and Winnie Lam, with the Maple Ridge Public Health Unit, put together hygiene bags during the 2020 Homeless Count at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadow Ministries earlier this year. (THE NEWS files)
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
Eva Bardonnex and two other residents were evicted from the Royal Crescent housing on Monday. (Contributed)

Sheriffs evict three Royal Crescent modular housing residents

Provincial moratorium on evictions lifted, two women and one man on the street

Eva Bardonnex and two other residents were evicted from the Royal Crescent housing on Monday. (Contributed)
Bruce Hitchen, Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Parish president, left, and 51-year-old Gordon Petrie, who has been living in the dirt-floor shed the pair are standing in front of in Whalley. (Photo submitted)

Surrey church ‘caretaker’ who was living on the grounds now facing homelessness again

Plan to move Gordon Petrie from dirt-floor shed to rectory falls through

Bruce Hitchen, Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Parish president, left, and 51-year-old Gordon Petrie, who has been living in the dirt-floor shed the pair are standing in front of in Whalley. (Photo submitted)
Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued

Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued

Those living in tents were given until May 20 to move indoors

Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. (AP Photo)

B.C. gives smart phones to vulnerable, homeless to access services, connect with family

COVID-19 restrictions have left many public places closed, leaving people without access to internet

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. (AP Photo)
A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

B.C. enacts provincial order to move homeless at 3 large encampments into hotels

Encampments will be dismantled, with temporary supportive housing in hotels, community centres

A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Homeless and underhoused people occupied Strathcona Elementary School demanding more housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, April 18. (Red Braid Alliance/Facebook)

Police arrest 14 people occupying empty Vancouver elementary school amid pandemic

Protesters were asking for housing during the COVID-19 crisis

Homeless and underhoused people occupied Strathcona Elementary School demanding more housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, April 18. (Red Braid Alliance/Facebook)
It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)                                It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)

Northern B.C. town builds camp on outskirt of town for homeless population

Smithers Bylaw officer Matt Davey says the move was made with buy-in from the affected people

It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)                                It took about a week for a coalition of organizations including three levels of government, half a dozen community service organizations and a few local businesses to plan, construct and move the Smithers downtown homeless community into a camp on the outskirts of town. (Thom Barker photo)
Stephen Schumacher with the Fraser River Indigenous Society prepares medicine pouches at the Cultural Engagement table, part of the activities taking place for the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count being hosted by the Salvation Army Ridge Meadow Ministries. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

Homeless counted in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

The last homeless count took place in 2017

Stephen Schumacher with the Fraser River Indigenous Society prepares medicine pouches at the Cultural Engagement table, part of the activities taking place for the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count being hosted by the Salvation Army Ridge Meadow Ministries. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)
Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)

Police seize nine guns, machetes, drugs from tent in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Police believe the tent is a communal or shared space and no single occupant has been identified

Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)
A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)
Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)

Maggie and Tim: B.C. residential school survivor turns to faith, forgiveness in mourning son

A young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)