Homeless

Curtis Caziere and Liza Charlie are back living at the Travelodge – this time for free – after being evicted last month. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Evicted Victoria couple return to Travelodge rent-free

Couple says BC Housing helped get them back into hotel

Curtis Caziere and Liza Charlie are back living at the Travelodge – this time for free – after being evicted last month. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

B.C. enacts provincial order to move homeless at Victoria 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)
The Mustard Seed Street Church is looking for clothing donations to benefit Victoria’s homeless population who are struggling to find essentials amidst COVID-19. (Facebook/The Mustard Seed Street Church)

Mustard Seed Food Bank in dire need of used clothes for homeless

Clothes can be dropped off from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 625 Queens Ave.

The Mustard Seed Street Church is looking for clothing donations to benefit Victoria’s homeless population who are struggling to find essentials amidst COVID-19. (Facebook/The Mustard Seed Street Church)
Approximately 75 tents lined Pandora Avenue on April 3, some closer than the two-metre physical distance guideline set out by the provincial health officer. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Approximately 75 tents lined Pandora Avenue on April 3, some closer than the two-metre physical distance guideline set out by the provincial health officer. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The entrance to an area of Topaz Park, across from the Chabad Centre, where the City of Victoria allows homeless to camp amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Rabbi calls on Victoria to close Topaz Park homeless camp

Victoria mayor continues to look for ways to get everyone indoors

The entrance to an area of Topaz Park, across from the Chabad Centre, where the City of Victoria allows homeless to camp amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The homeless population is at a high risk for contracting COVID-19. B.C. Housing plans to use SEAPARC Leisure Complex as an emergency space for up to 45 homeless people needing to self-isolate during the coronvirus outbreak. (Kendra Crighton - Black Press Media)

Sooke rec centre to provide self-isolation space for homeless people

B.C. Housing still developing operating plan, expects to welcome homeless soon

  • Apr 20, 2020
The homeless population is at a high risk for contracting COVID-19. B.C. Housing plans to use SEAPARC Leisure Complex as an emergency space for up to 45 homeless people needing to self-isolate during the coronvirus outbreak. (Kendra Crighton - Black Press Media)
A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Concerns rise for Greater Victoria’s homeless population during COVID-19

Delays in health measures putting local resources under pressure

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)
Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park and the Royal Athletic Park will become temporary sites for the homeless in efforts to try to limit spread of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)

Beacon Hill, Topaz, Royal Athletic parks to open as temporary sites for the homeless

Victoria announced formalized camps to help combat spread of COVID-19

Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park and the Royal Athletic Park will become temporary sites for the homeless in efforts to try to limit spread of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)
According to Central Saanich Police, camper vans displaced from Victoria’s Dallas Road have popped up in Central Saanich (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Central Saanich Police find more people are sleeping in their cars

Police said influx of people from Victoria to Island View Beach

According to Central Saanich Police, camper vans displaced from Victoria’s Dallas Road have popped up in Central Saanich (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The 2020 Point in Time Count aims to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in the CRD, while identifying the main driving forces behind the issue and gaps in service. (Black Press Media file phot)

Greater Victoria homelessness count only sees ‘tip of the iceberg’

The count aims to identify driving forces, gaps in services and raise awareness

The 2020 Point in Time Count aims to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in the CRD, while identifying the main driving forces behind the issue and gaps in service. (Black Press Media file phot)
Our Place Society is looking for funds to extend its summer hours. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Our Place Society looks for funds to extend its summer hours

The City will decide whether to contribute its $50,000 portion this week

Our Place Society is looking for funds to extend its summer hours. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Maggie and Tim: A residential school survivor and her son who died on B.C. streets

Part one of a two-part series on a young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Mary-Jane Sabbas and Clay Raymond got a three-day ban from Our Place for inappropriate behaviour. During extreme weather protocol activation, however, shelters cannot ban people. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Mary-Jane Sabbas and Clay Raymond got a three-day ban from Our Place for inappropriate behaviour. During extreme weather protocol activation, however, shelters cannot ban people. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of jackets claimed at Cool Aid Society’s 12th Annual Coat Giveaway

Donations from the community were given to hundreds of people in need

Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Subway offers free sandwiches to homeless on Christmas Day

The Wilkinson Road location will be offering free sandwiches between 10 and 11 a.m.

  • Dec 23, 2019
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident helps collect 100,000 pairs of socks for the homeless

Michael Bloomfield has worked on the Socks Project for 12 years

Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)