Homeless

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)
Kim Snow of Kimz Angels, seen here distributing food and essentials to the homeless in Langley on March 1, now wears a mask and gloves. She said panic buying has depleted supplies of disinfectant wipes. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Kim Snow of Kimz Angels, seen here distributing food and essentials to the homeless in Langley on March 1, now wears a mask and gloves. She said panic buying has depleted supplies of disinfectant wipes. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Homeless count aims to discover if numbers on Langley streets rising

Homeless count aims to discover if numbers on Langley streets rising

Local outreach workers are hopeful intervention has at least stabilized numbers

Homeless count aims to discover if numbers on Langley streets rising
Cristina Schneiter from the Gateway of Hope shelter in Langley has issued an extreme weather alert for Saturday, Feb. 29th, due to an expected fall in temperatures. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Cristina Schneiter from the Gateway of Hope shelter in Langley has issued an extreme weather alert for Saturday, Feb. 29th, due to an expected fall in temperatures. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)

Police seize nine guns, machetes, drugs from tent in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Police believe the tent is a communal or shared space and no single occupant has been identified

Oppenheimer Park on July 11, 2019. (Sarah Common/Twitter)
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)
Homeless people in Langley in 2019. (Langley Advance Times files)

Volunteers sought for first homeless count in Langley in three years

It will be the first snapshot of local homelessness since the arrival of supportive housing

Homeless people in Langley in 2019. (Langley Advance Times files)
Formerly the Quality Inn, Creek Stone Place officially opened last autumn. (Langley Advance Times files)

Crime shifts to Creek Stone from near Langley homeless shelter: RCMP

More calls are coming near the supportive housing complex, fewer from Gateway of Hope

Formerly the Quality Inn, Creek Stone Place officially opened last autumn. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley shelter opens daytime warming centre for homeless

Langley shelter opens daytime warming centre for homeless

Freezing temperatures prompted the extra service

Langley shelter opens daytime warming centre for homeless
Year in Review: Hope on homelessness as supportive housing opens
Year in Review: Hope on homelessness as supportive housing opens
Members of Kimz Angels will be looking forward to filling up their ambulance. From left are Vince Ford, Kim SNow, Steve Stew, and Perri Anne Nicholson. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Fill The Ambulance returns to aid Langley homeless

Kimz Angels will be at the Otter Co-op and Murrayville IGA this month

Members of Kimz Angels will be looking forward to filling up their ambulance. From left are Vince Ford, Kim SNow, Steve Stew, and Perri Anne Nicholson. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Creek Stone Place program manager Brittany Maple (left) and tenant support worker Carly Aronetz were on hand to welcome the first five residents to the building on Monday, Oct. 28. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Supportive housing for homeless opens in Langley

The first residents began moving in Monday, Oct. 28

Creek Stone Place program manager Brittany Maple (left) and tenant support worker Carly Aronetz were on hand to welcome the first five residents to the building on Monday, Oct. 28. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Pastor Leith White (left) and Patrick Curtis of Wolfe Auto Group handed out Citypaks and blankets to Langley’s homeless this week. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Backpacks, blankets distributed to Langley homeless

A local auto dealer teamed with a church to hand out survival supplies

Pastor Leith White (left) and Patrick Curtis of Wolfe Auto Group handed out Citypaks and blankets to Langley’s homeless this week. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The former Quality Inn is becoming Creek Stone Place, a supportive housing project. (Langley Advance Times files)
The former Quality Inn is becoming Creek Stone Place, a supportive housing project. (Langley Advance Times files)
Pastor Leith White and Lila Fyfe spoke at Fyfe’s camp under a Langley bridge last summer. Fyfe was being evicted from under the bridge – she recently sued the province of B.C. and the federal government. (Langley Advance Times files)

Homeless woman unsuccessful in lawsuit against government

A Langley homeless woman tried to sue Victoria and Ottawa

Pastor Leith White and Lila Fyfe spoke at Fyfe’s camp under a Langley bridge last summer. Fyfe was being evicted from under the bridge – she recently sued the province of B.C. and the federal government. (Langley Advance Times files)
Fraser Holland has been an outreach worker helping Langley’s homeless since 2006. Langley Advance Times file photo

Housing agencies scrambled to find homes for Langley trailer park residents

Some residents have housing, but others are still waiting.

Fraser Holland has been an outreach worker helping Langley’s homeless since 2006. Langley Advance Times file photo
A homeless man from Surrey being discharged from Langley Memorial Hospital was sent via taxi to Hope’s emergency shelter, which just opened in October.                                 Hope Standard file photo

Told ‘no’ twice by local shelter, homeless Surrey man sent to Hope anyways

Deemed medically stable, patient was taxied to Hope by hospital when a spot in Surrey wasn’t located

A homeless man from Surrey being discharged from Langley Memorial Hospital was sent via taxi to Hope’s emergency shelter, which just opened in October.                                 Hope Standard 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)