Homelessness

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LETTER: No one wakes up and chooses homelessness

‘Sometimes life just happens, even with the best intentions’

  • Feb 25, 2022
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Crews install one of two Portland Loo public washroom units in Chilliwack, just north of Five Corners on Young Road. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Public facilities known as Portland Loos installed in downtown Chilliwack

‘We heard clearly from the community about the need for more public washrooms downtown’ said mayor

Crews install one of two Portland Loo public washroom units in Chilliwack, just north of Five Corners on Young Road. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
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
The old Abbotsford Visitor Info Centre on DeLair Road has been converted to a warming centre through Archway, upsetting neighbours in the busy area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

New warming centre in Abbotsford too close to home, say neighbours

Neighbours weren’t notified about DeLair Road centre, but community consultation is planned

The old Abbotsford Visitor Info Centre on DeLair Road has been converted to a warming centre through Archway, upsetting neighbours in the busy area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
The Street Thug Barbers spent the Christmas weekend and beyond visiting homeless camps in Abbotsford, ensuring people had propane, food and fellowship. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)

Helping homeless survive cold snap in Abbotsford a ‘desperate situation’

Churches and ministries worked overtime to ensure hundreds of people survived arctic outflow

The Street Thug Barbers spent the Christmas weekend and beyond visiting homeless camps in Abbotsford, ensuring people had propane, food and fellowship. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)
Raising the Roof toques are $15, and there are also mask and toque packages available for $18. (raisingtheroof.org)

Abbotsford youth ambassadors selling toques to reduce homelessness

Students from Dasmesh Punjabi School volunteering with Raising the Roof

Raising the Roof toques are $15, and there are also mask and toque packages available for $18. (raisingtheroof.org)
Linda Marks (left) and Sarah Jane Franklin at the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board Realtors Care Blanket Drive, which was held Nov. 20 in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope. (CADREB photo)

Chilliwack-area realtors collect blankets and clothing for people in need

The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board Realtors Care Blanket Drive was held Nov. 20

Linda Marks (left) and Sarah Jane Franklin at the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board Realtors Care Blanket Drive, which was held Nov. 20 in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope. (CADREB photo)
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
The inaugural Totes for Teens Hygiene Drive, a fundraiser for Chilliwack Cyrus Centre, is set for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Arnold Lim/ Black Press file)

Totes for Teens hygiene drive to bring essential items to homeless youth in Chilliwack

Goal of Cyrus Centre fundraiser to provide 100-plus youth with backpacks filled with essential items

The inaugural Totes for Teens Hygiene Drive, a fundraiser for Chilliwack Cyrus Centre, is set for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Arnold Lim/ Black Press file)
Mission RCMP speak with a woman experiencing homelessness who found some shade in front of a local daycare. (Kevin Mills/Mission City Record)

Province to spend $12.3 million to develop 50 new modular homes in Mission

Mission Community Services Society to operate facility, $1.4 million to be provided annually

Mission RCMP speak with a woman experiencing homelessness who found some shade in front of a local daycare. (Kevin Mills/Mission City Record)
Joseph Sikora (far right) and his team of Street Thug Barbers deliver food to the homeless population in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford ‘haircut ministry’ provides food and hygiene to homeless population

Joseph Sikora and his Street Thug Barbers take to the streets

Joseph Sikora (far right) and his team of Street Thug Barbers deliver food to the homeless population in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Where will homelessness rise or fall? A federally funded AI has some predictions

Helpseeker says numbers should help policy-makers decide on where to put resources

Dr. Alina Turner, president and co-founder of HelpSeeker Technologies, who is taking part in a federally funded project designed to predict what will happen to homelessness, suicide and domestic violence rates, is pictured at the company's office in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 23, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)

LETTER: Community is turning a blind eye to youth homelessness

‘I believe the saying goes “It takes a whole village to raise a child”’

  • Jul 9, 2021
A survey of Penticton youth show that of those surveyed, over 23 per cent have experienced homelessness at some point. (File photo)
Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.

Mom pleads for information about son’s killing at Abbotsford homeless camp

Robert Nelson, 35, described as ‘man who stood for justice, honour, respect’

Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.
Marilyn Farquhar in Abbotsford's Jubilee Park on June 5, standing in front of a grief quilt she made in remembrance of her brother, Barry Shantz. She gave an update on the pending investigation into her brother's death. John Morrow photos.

IIO report, stalled investigations frustrating sister of Abbotsford activist slain by RCMP

Barry Shantz was killed by RCMP officers during mental-health crisis on Jan. 13, 2020

Marilyn Farquhar in Abbotsford's Jubilee Park on June 5, standing in front of a grief quilt she made in remembrance of her brother, Barry Shantz. She gave an update on the pending investigation into her brother's death. John Morrow photos.
Marilyn Farquhar in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park on June 5, standing in front of a grief quilt she made in remembrance of her brother, Barry Shantz. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

IIO report, stalled investigations frustrate sister of Abbotsford activist slain by RCMP

Barry Shantz was killed by RCMP officers during mental-health crisis on Jan. 13, 2020

Marilyn Farquhar in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park on June 5, standing in front of a grief quilt she made in remembrance of her brother, Barry Shantz. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The Portal homeless shelter on Yale Road in downtown Chilliwack on April 7, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

The Portal’s days are numbered in downtown Chilliwack

Homeless Shelter that faced opposition by neighbours closing its doors even earlier than expected

The Portal homeless shelter on Yale Road in downtown Chilliwack on April 7, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Margaret Reid, program coordinator with United Way, with the last order of jackets, track pants, underwear and footwear heading to service providers to distribute to those experiencing homelessness. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Clothing and footwear piled high to outfit Chilliwack’s chronically homeless

‘This is something to help the long-term health outcomes of our community,’ says program co-ordinator

Margaret Reid, program coordinator with United Way, with the last order of jackets, track pants, underwear and footwear heading to service providers to distribute to those experiencing homelessness. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)

VIDEO: Man sets off fireworks next to homeless person’s cart in Fraser Valley

No police reports made into incident shared on social media

Still from a video posted on social media of a man lighting fireworks next to a homeless person’s encampment in the parking lot at St. Mary’s on Mary Street in Chilliwack. The video was posted on April 21, 2021 but it’s unclear if the incident happened that day. (Facebook)