Homeless

The BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department put out a homeless camp fire north of Vernon Monday, May 23. (Morning Star - file photo)

Crews extinguish bush fire north of Vernon

Homeless camp fire puffs out large plume of smoke in bushes near Swan Lake; no injuries

 

Penticton is proposing to put one fire hall, bylaw services and city’s emergency centre under one roof. (File photo)

‘Massive’ log cabin-style shelter goes up in flames near Okanagan Lake Marina

RCMP and Penticton Fire were called out at 2 a.m. to find the make-shift shelter engulfed in flames

 

Debris from a remote homeless camp in Penticton is getting into Okanagan Lake following water levels rising. (Marshall Shelswell Facebook)

Penticton cleaning up remote homeless camp on shores of Okanagan Lake

The lake is rising and there is a concern debris from the camp could end up in the water

 

The battle over Victory Church shelter is now over as the controversial temporary shelter is set to close this week. (Jesse Day Western News file photo)

Controversial Penticton homeless shelter closing this week

All 40 residents at the shelter are moving to new units set up at Compass Court shelter on Main St.

The battle over Victory Church shelter is now over as the controversial temporary shelter is set to close this week. (Jesse Day Western News file photo)
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prince George apologizes for taking down part of a homeless camp

Judge finds that Prince George ‘inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people’

Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prince George apologizes for taking down part of a homeless camp

Judge finds that Prince George ‘inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people’

Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Photo/Turning Points Collaborative Society)

Leases extended at 2 Kelowna shelters for people experiencing homelessness

Need for shelter services in Kelowna ‘greater than ever’

(Photo/Turning Points Collaborative Society)
A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)

Victim of house fire near Salmon Arm prays for mother of man she believes started blaze

Homeowner, whose son died in 2018, says she knows helplessness of having a child with addictions

A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)
Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oliver hosted a warming centre for those in need during the cold snap in late December. (Google Map)

Warming centre in Oliver closes after busy 12 days

Volunteers offered shelter, food and helped those who had pipes freeze

Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oliver hosted a warming centre for those in need during the cold snap in late December. (Google Map)
RCMP has been checking on those experiencing homelessness. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Man found unresponsive downtown Kelowna, dies in hospital

The man was found outside in chilly temperatures of -20 C

RCMP has been checking on those experiencing homelessness. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

People still sleeping outside in Kelowna despite bone-chilling temperatures

A warming shelter had to be opened Monday night

Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People in Salmon Arm sheltered at night still face frigid daytime temperatures

Lighthouse shelter offers overnight refuge but there’s no place for people without homes during day

Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Manager of H.E.L.P. Team Boyle Street Community Services Doug Cooke, right, and outreach and support services manager Jared Tkachuk, left, check on a homeless person’s well-being in Edmonton on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Peril or promise’: Long-term solution needed to help homeless in Alberta cities

Homeless shelters are near capacity but open their doors to all when temperatures become unbearable

Manager of H.E.L.P. Team Boyle Street Community Services Doug Cooke, right, and outreach and support services manager Jared Tkachuk, left, check on a homeless person’s well-being in Edmonton on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A fire was started in the covered parking area of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce last month. (Dan Proulx photo)

Cold weather sparks increase in warming fires in Vernon

Downtown businesses urged to keep potential burning material away from buildings

A fire was started in the covered parking area of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce last month. (Dan Proulx photo)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)

Penticton drops lawsuit against BC Housing; new shelter proposed

A new shelter will go beside Compass Court and Victory Church shelter will close spring 2022

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
George Harrison and Diamond Campbell enjoy a Christmas meal at the fifth annual Festive Street Lunch at All Saints' Anglican Church Saturday. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon charities serve seasonal meals for less fortunate

Festive lunches, Christmas dinners on the menu, with a side of cheer

George Harrison and Diamond Campbell enjoy a Christmas meal at the fifth annual Festive Street Lunch at All Saints' Anglican Church Saturday. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The cold snap has opened more temporary shelter space for Vernon's homeless population. (Turning Points Society photo)

Vernon shelters full, but not turning away homeless

While space is not an issue, Turning Points is asking for Christmas donations

The cold snap has opened more temporary shelter space for Vernon's homeless population. (Turning Points Society photo)
A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley. (Western News file photo)

Penticton homeless shelters at capacity as winter hits

There are some emergency spaces in the planning in case of another cold snap

A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley. (Western News file photo)
Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna emergency shelter cannot accommodate increased demand, people sleep outside

Kelowna Gospel Mission does not have enough beds for Kelowna homeless and flood evacuees

Tent in the snow along Rail Trail, Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)