Homeless

A growing number of homeless camps in the Vernon area are causing concern. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)

Second homeless camp fire sparked in North Okanagan

Growing encampment near Swan Lake a concern

A growing number of homeless camps in the Vernon area are causing concern. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)
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)
The former home of the Shuswap Grill and the McGuire Lake Congregate Living facility will be used to shelter people in the area without homes during the coronovirus pandemic. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

BC Housing to open spaces in Salmon Arm for people homeless during pandemic

Sixty-three units to be used for people considered vulnerable or at-risk of contracting COVID-19

The former home of the Shuswap Grill and the McGuire Lake Congregate Living facility will be used to shelter people in the area without homes during the coronovirus pandemic. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP assisted RDNO bylaw officers order a take down of a temporary encampment near the BX Dog Park on April 29, 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)

Camp booted from BX Dog Park in Vernon

RCMP, bylaw spoke with individuals and they have since moved on

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP assisted RDNO bylaw officers order a take down of a temporary encampment near the BX Dog Park on April 29, 2020. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)
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)
Mathie Franchuk has been living in a run-down trailer for the past four years. She has given notice she will be leaving this trailer at the end of April and is now looking for a new place to live. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland woman living in decrepit trailer searching for a new place to live

Mathie Franchuk says trailer where she has lived is in deplorable condition

Mathie Franchuk has been living in a run-down trailer for the past four years. She has given notice she will be leaving this trailer at the end of April and is now looking for a new place to live. (Summerland Review file photo)
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)
Chrissy Deye and Bill Greig distribute a lunch of sandwiches and potato salad to people who are without homes in Salmon Arm on Friday, April 3. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

COVID-19: Staying home in Shuswap is difficult when you don’t have one

As the snow flies, people without homes in Salmon Arm talk about how tough life is

Chrissy Deye and Bill Greig distribute a lunch of sandwiches and potato salad to people who are without homes in Salmon Arm on Friday, April 3. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Chris Davies lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but ended up stranded in Salmon Arm after COVID-19 struck. He has been staying at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

COVID-19: Staying home in Salmon Arm is difficult when you don’t have one

As the snow flies, people without homes talk about how tough life is

Chris Davies lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but ended up stranded in Salmon Arm after COVID-19 struck. He has been staying at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
David Byers, the local Salvation Army’s community services director, stands in one of the storage areas adjoining the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter. (File photo)

Last-minute hiring means Salmon Arm’s emergency shelter can remain open

Salvation Army’s Lighthouse shelter to stay open beyond normal closing date of April 1

David Byers, the local Salvation Army’s community services director, stands in one of the storage areas adjoining the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter. (File photo)
UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure

UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure

Temporary winter shelters are set to close on Mar. 31

UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure
This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Don’t judge a person’ says friend of Salmon Arm man who died in fire

Memorial to be held Wednesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Salvation Army church

This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Don’t judge a person’ says friend of Salmon Arm man who died in fire

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigating fatal explosion at camp

This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
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)
A fall homeless survey found there are 151 people living on the streets in Vernon, down from last year’s count of 161. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon’s homeless numbers see modest decrease

An annual fall survey found there are 151 homeless people in the city compared to 161 in 2018

A fall homeless survey found there are 151 people living on the streets in Vernon, down from last year’s count of 161. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
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)
Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Victoria police chief suggests staggering welfare payments, others say solution not that simple

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’