Homelessness

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, where city workers started efforts to clear the encampment on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. The city’s fire chief issued an order last month requiring the tents be cleared because of an extreme fire safety hazard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

As Vancouver begins removing tent encampment, residents wonder where they should go

Heavy police presence and resident concern as city staff set to work Tuesday

 

Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Thursday, July 28, 2022. People living in a growing tent community along the street have been handed notices advising that the tents and other structures are about to be removed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Crowded tent encampment on main Vancouver street set to be removed by city

Notice from the City of Vancouver says removal would first focus on the highest risk areas

 

An informal vigil at Innes Corners in Langley City drew about 100 people the day after four people were shot, two killed, in a string of attacks in downtonw Langley City. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Human Rights head calls for homeless protections in wake of attacks in Langley, Vancouver

Protection on the basis of ‘social condition’ needed, says comish

 

Langley RCMP were at the scene of a shooting Monday, July 25, 2022, in a parking lot on Logan Avenue near the bus loop. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

PAINFUL TRUTH: The dangers of dehumanization

We turn the vulnerable into targets

Langley RCMP were at the scene of a shooting Monday, July 25, 2022, in a parking lot on Logan Avenue near the bus loop. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and passenger window of a police vehicle at the scene of a shooting, in Langley, B.C., on Monday, July 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘My heart breaks’: Trudeau, leaders react to deadly Langley shooting

28-year-old Surrey man shot four people, killing two, during a 5-hour spree Monday

Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and passenger window of a police vehicle at the scene of a shooting, in Langley, B.C., on Monday, July 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A police officer stands near a windshield and passenger window of an RCMP vehicle with bullet holes at the scene of a shooting in Langley on Monday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Victoria homelessness coalition calls for end to stigma after Langley shootings

Motive still being investigated but advocates say those without homes targeted

A police officer stands near a windshield and passenger window of an RCMP vehicle with bullet holes at the scene of a shooting in Langley on Monday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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LETTER: Langley resident calls on society to do better regarding homelessness

Recent 1,600-mile drive through U.S. shocked local letter writer

  • Apr 5, 2022
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Black Press Media files)
Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Leadership not doing enough about crime by Langley’s street people

Letter writer said church tries to do good but not equipped to be a homeless shelter

  • Apr 2, 2022
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FILE David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. ministers tout $633M to address homelessness day after data shows thousands unhoused

Funds going toward youth in care, complex-care housing, rent supplements, support workers

FILE David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A free pantry set up in uptown White Rock was found in pieces Tuesday (March 15, 2022). (White Rock Pantry Project Facebook photo)

White Rock ‘free pantry’ reduced to pile of rubble

‘It’s sad that somebody was in that state of mind’

A free pantry set up in uptown White Rock was found in pieces Tuesday (March 15, 2022). (White Rock Pantry Project Facebook photo)
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23,000 people experienced homelessness in B.C. in 2019, new data shows

The province will release their strategy for homelessness on Thursday (March 17)

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A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. (Langley Advance Times file)

Our View: Don’t forget the homeless as we get back to ‘normal’

We promised things would be different after the pandemic

A homeless couple nap on a Langley City bench in 2018. (Langley Advance Times file)
There are more than 200 estimated homeless in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

WEB POLL: Is housing a right?

Should Canada make it a right like health care?

  • Mar 11, 2022
There are more than 200 estimated homeless in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Violet, 62, has been told she has to leave the hotel where she has lived for most of the last two years. She has not been able to find anywhere else to live and is worried she could wind up on the street. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Formerly homeless face evictions in Langley as COVID restrictions ease

Hotels that housed the homeless are telling tenants it’s time to move out

Violet, 62, has been told she has to leave the hotel where she has lived for most of the last two years. She has not been able to find anywhere else to live and is worried she could wind up on the street. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The United Church at 216th Street and 48th Avenue in Murrayville is hosting an emergency cold-weather shelter. (Langley Advance Times files)

Emergency Langley homeless shelter re-opened

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing soon

The United Church at 216th Street and 48th Avenue in Murrayville is hosting an emergency cold-weather shelter. (Langley Advance Times files)
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
Joseph Sikora of the Street Thug Barbers spend the Christmas weekend transporting propane around to homeless camps to help ensure people survived an arctic outflow that stalled over Abbotsford. (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

Joseph Sikora of the Street Thug Barbers spend the Christmas weekend transporting propane around to homeless camps to help ensure people survived an arctic outflow that stalled over Abbotsford. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)
Volunteers from the Guru Nanak food bank in Surrey were serving a hot lunch at a temporary extreme weather shelter that opened at the Douglas Park Community School gym when temperatures fell. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Langley may need new location for emergency shelter

A school gym can only be used until Jan. 2

Volunteers from the Guru Nanak food bank in Surrey were serving a hot lunch at a temporary extreme weather shelter that opened at the Douglas Park Community School gym when temperatures fell. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Beverly Genge, Arabella Genge, and Ann Turner from St. George’s outreach committee collected 411 warm socks.

Langley residents help provide toasty tootsies before Christmas

The donation from a recent sock drive were made to Salvation Army Gateway Of Hope

Beverly Genge, Arabella Genge, and Ann Turner from St. George’s outreach committee collected 411 warm socks.