Homelessness

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
The number of homeless individuals in the Fraser Valley went up significantly in three years. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Pandemic puts pressure on communities already challenged by homelessness

Final results of 2020 homeless count to assist governments trying to address housing issues

The number of homeless individuals in the Fraser Valley went up significantly in three years. (Chilliwack Progress file)
The 2020 FVRD Homeless Count results were released June 9, 2020, showing increases in all five communities including Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress file)

Chilliwack has the highest percentage of women experiencing homelessness in the region

Homelessness trending upward across the Fraser Valley, according to 2020 FVRD Homeless Count results

The 2020 FVRD Homeless Count results were released June 9, 2020, showing increases in all five communities including Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress file)
Chilliwack reacts to news of stable homeless funding for four years

Chilliwack reacts to news of stable homeless funding for four years

It’s ‘quite an accomplishment’ to be one of six new cities in Canada to get this funding: Raddatz

Chilliwack reacts to news of stable homeless funding for four years
A homeless camp on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford in 2013 is the subject of a complaint that will proceed to a hearing of the Human Rights Tribunal. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Human-rights complaint by 5 homeless men in Abbotsford will proceed to hearing

Issues occurred in 2013 around time of infamous manure-spreading incident

A homeless camp on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford in 2013 is the subject of a complaint that will proceed to a hearing of the Human Rights Tribunal. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Chilliwack now eligible for ‘designated community’ funding by the feds to fight homelessness. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack one of six communities to receive homelessness funds from the feds

This is first time Chilliwack qualified for stable, long-term federal funding to fight homelessness

Chilliwack now eligible for ‘designated community’ funding by the feds to fight homelessness. (Black Press file)
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)
Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack has been functioning as an isolation facility for shelter residents or street-entrenched who are showing virus symptoms. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress file)

Isolation centre running smoothly to separate those with mild symptoms

There have been five people in isolation since the centre opened in Chilliwack a week ago

Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack has been functioning as an isolation facility for shelter residents or street-entrenched who are showing virus symptoms. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress file)
Les Talvio, executive director of Cyrus Centre, said they will be delivering Easter meals to youth and their families in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Cyrus Centre takes Easter dinner on the road for youth

Centres in Abbotsford and Chilliwack preparing to deliver meals to their youth and families

Les Talvio, executive director of Cyrus Centre, said they will be delivering Easter meals to youth and their families in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak

Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak

Local non-profits are giving out hand wipes and sanitizer

Soap and hot water in short supply for Lower Mainland homeless during coronavirus outbreak
Judy Simmill and one of her crocheted sleeping mats made from plastic bags. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

WATCH: Chilliwack woman makes sleeping mats out of plastic bags

The crocheted mats are given out to people in the streets by security personnel

Judy Simmill and one of her crocheted sleeping mats made from plastic bags. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
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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One member of a homeless camp near the Evans Roundabout in Chilliwack Monday morning packs his things out. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Mostly co-operative group emerged from the woods with possessions and dispersed

One member of a homeless camp near the Evans Roundabout in Chilliwack Monday morning packs his things out. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
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