Homeless

A 2.4-metre high fence with spikes on top was installed at the 844 Johnson St. building in 2017. BC Housing did not have a permit to put the fence up, which is double the height permitted by local bylaws. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

‘Fortress-like’ fence keeping Victoria and BC Housing divided

The 2.4-metre fence is double the permitted height and topped with spikes

A 2.4-metre high fence with spikes on top was installed at the 844 Johnson St. building in 2017. BC Housing did not have a permit to put the fence up, which is double the height permitted by local bylaws. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

More than 600 people enjoy Thanksgiving lunch at Victoria’s Our Place

Community members and volunteers cook and serve the holiday favourite

John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)

Mobile palliative care team launches for downtown Victoria’s homeless population

UVic, Cool Aid, Victoria Hospice and Island Health team up for end-of-life care services

Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)
Willi Boepple’s truck is her last personal asset after she was evicted from her home on the Saanich Peninsual. She’s afraid a wave of parking tickets will force her to lose her car. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria woman experiencing homelessness wants systematic changes as she faces losing her truck

Willi Boepple fears losing one of her last possessions after being inundated with parking tickets

Willi Boepple’s truck is her last personal asset after she was evicted from her home on the Saanich Peninsual. She’s afraid a wave of parking tickets will force her to lose her car. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A person sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. In 2018, Jay W. struggled with homelessness but found the abundant resources to be instrumental in getting him back to his feet. (Black Press file photo)

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

A person sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. In 2018, Jay W. struggled with homelessness but found the abundant resources to be instrumental in getting him back to his feet. (Black Press file photo)
Doug Sunray is a driver with the Living Edge Community, which transports donated produce and sets up free farmer’s style markets six days per week. The organization’s van is on its last legs. (File contributed/ Deborah Price)

Victoria charity desperate for new van to deliver free groceries

The Living Edge Community runs free farmers’ style markets six days per week

Doug Sunray is a driver with the Living Edge Community, which transports donated produce and sets up free farmer’s style markets six days per week. The organization’s van is on its last legs. (File contributed/ Deborah Price)
Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: New storage facility opens at Victoria’s Our Place

The new building allows people without homes to store their possessions in a safe and dry place

Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Most patrons of Cool Aid have access to cellphones. (File photo)

Changing Times: Cellphones are necessary for Victoria’s homeless population

Most people living on the streets still have access to technology

Most patrons of Cool Aid have access to cellphones. (File photo)
Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/News Staff)

Additional data from Point-in-Time survey finds most homeless people are local

Most homeless people are young men between the ages of 18 and 24

A man sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. (Tom Fletcher/News Staff)
Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)

Homeless Action Week: Our Place Society asking for blankets, sleeping bags

The fundraiser is off to a slow start as the days get colder

Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)
Evelyn Louie (left) gets a flu shot from public health nurse Michelle Secord at the Project Connect 2018 fair. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News staff)

One-stop shop service fair in Victoria connects people with resources needed

Project Connect 2018 brought together dozens of service providers for homeless, low-income communities

Evelyn Louie (left) gets a flu shot from public health nurse Michelle Secord at the Project Connect 2018 fair. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News staff)
Our Place is hoping to install a storage facility for personal items at the location where the overdose prevention site used to be. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria, Our Place push for storage space to serve homeless population

An on-site storage facility for carts, bags and bins is planned for the Our Place Society

Our Place is hoping to install a storage facility for personal items at the location where the overdose prevention site used to be. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Over 80 per cent of surveyed Camp Namegans residents self-identified as Indigenous. Namegans Nation/Facebook

Victoria organization says homelessness needs to be seen through an Indigenous lens

A disproportionate number of people living on the streets come from Indigneous backgrounds

Over 80 per cent of surveyed Camp Namegans residents self-identified as Indigenous. Namegans Nation/Facebook
(Black Press Media)

Cold weather shelters in Victoria to open Oct. 1

A 25-bed shelter at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre will provide shuttle services, meals and showers

(Black Press Media)
Robert Jarvis is a senior support care worker at Cedar Grove, a supportive housing complex run by the Cool Aid Society. The site is due for a massive renovation, but construction can’t start until the 22 residents have somewhere to go. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Cool Aid struggles to find temporary housing for Cedar Grove residents

Renovations can’t start at 210 Gorge Rd. E. until homes are found

Robert Jarvis is a senior support care worker at Cedar Grove, a supportive housing complex run by the Cool Aid Society. The site is due for a massive renovation, but construction can’t start until the 22 residents have somewhere to go. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Welfare woes: trying to stem Victoria’s ‘cheque effect’

Welfare woes: trying to stem Victoria’s ‘cheque effect’

VicPD chief suggests staggered social assistance payments, others say solution not that simple

Welfare woes: trying to stem Victoria’s ‘cheque effect’
A shopping cart sits in front of a tent pitched in Beacon Hill Park last summer. The cost of cleaning up after park campers is increasing, according to City parks staff. (News files)
A shopping cart sits in front of a tent pitched in Beacon Hill Park last summer. The cost of cleaning up after park campers is increasing, according to City parks staff. (News files)
The former Boys and Girls club at 1205 Yates St. will reopen as a transitional shelter this winter. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Former shelter at Boys and Girls club to reopen

Our Place-operated facility to be used as transitional shelter in winter months

The former Boys and Girls club at 1205 Yates St. will reopen as a transitional shelter this winter. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. VIEWS: Getting past the homeless rhetoric

Politicians treat citizens protecting neighbourhoods as the problem

Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)