Vancouver Homeless

Hotel Resurrected As Supportive Housing

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A former Vancouver hotel has been officially reopened as an interim supportive housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Accor...

LOOK: Shipping Containers As Homeless Shelters

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As temperatures drop below zero, homeless advocates around B.C. are thinking inside, as well as outside the box to come up with solutions for housing ...

Life is Beautiful? Even the Marginalized Can Benefit from Art

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

As humble as they might be, beauty and art can play a part in the support service toolkit that helps the homeless with life challenges and provides assistance that is emotional, social, and spiritual in nature.

Spotlight On Vancouver's 'Invisible' Homeless

CBC | Posted 12.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

When people typically think of the homeless, they picture panhandlers and dumpster divers. But as Homelessness Action Week kicks off Sunday, advocat...

Police Tickets Target Poor Areas: Groups

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are coming under fire once again for what two local organizations say is the discriminatory enforcement of a city bylaw o...

4 Months Later..

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Last fall, Mathew Arthur found himself looking for a new place to live.He had been living with his two brothers in a house in Vancouver, b...

Mark Brand's Vision To Do Right By His DTES Neighbours

John F. Gray | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Talk is cheap, and Vancouver's Mark Brand exemplifies the social entrepreneur who's all about getting things done. Brand's business isn't about stuffing his personal bottom line. Over coffee at his diner, Save On Meats, he shared his vision and goal for being a leader and creating a social business model that's independently sustainable, while supporting the local community.

Vancouver Chinatown Tower Will Hurt Homeless: Advocate

CBC | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver housing advocates worry city hall's push to revitalize historic Chinatown could work against its homelessness strategy. Cit...

Homeless Youth Get Voice With Digital Media Room

John F. Gray | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

With support from Electronics Arts, the Directions Youth Services media room helps street youth find the voice many never realized was inside them. Co-ordinator Colin Ford and the staff teach music, art, audio recording, film-making, computer literacy, digital media skills and teamwork. They provide an opportunity for social inclusion and creative expression where it might not have existed before.

LOOK: Living In A Van For A Year

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Mathew Arthur ditched a renovated laneway house he shared with his two brothers to live in a cheap 45-sq. foot 1987 Dodge Ram Prospector for the next ...

Homeless Fines?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The City of Vancouver is looking to massively increase penalties for certain bylaw violations, a move that one activist blog says amounts to a "fine f...

Canada's Emergency Shelters Open

CBC | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As the temperature drops in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver's emergency shelters will be open again tonight to provide a safe space for the homeless. ...

During Christmas, I Think of My Once Homeless Brother

Donald D'Haene | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

My concern for the homeless is not altruistic. I know what feeds my desire to do something, anything, for fellow human beings who have nothing: guilt, responsibility, memories -- knowing that there but for the grace of God go I. My youngest brother, Erik, has been living off and on the streets for 30 years. My family hasn't seen him in 15 years.

LOOK: Shipping Containers As Homes

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

We all must have been distracted by our made-in-China toys when the shipping container they arrived in became hot sustainable real estate themselves. ...

WATCH: Homeless Problems Bad All Over Canada

NFB | Oisin Curran | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada British Columbia

From the NFB, Here At Home is an interactive documentary offering a look inside At Home, a radical experiment to end chronic homelessness. Led by the ...

Free Capes To Keep Vancouver's Homeless Dry

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver police officers are teaming up with Arc'teryx, a B.C.-based outdoor clothing company, to hand out hundreds of free waterproof capes to homel...

Free Sandwiches For DTES Homeless

The Province | John Colebourn | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Mark Brand wants to help feed the homeless one breakfast sandwich at a time. Brand, the owner of Save On Meats at 43 West Hastings in Vancouver pla...

Vancouver Sued Over Homeless Ban

CBC | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver bylaws that prevent people from sleeping on streets, in parks or on other city properties are unconstitutional, the Pivot Legal Society clai...

WATCH: In the Kitchen with Mr. MadDogg

NFB | Oisin Curran | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada British Columbia

From the NFB, Here At Home is an interactive documentary offering a look inside At Home, a radical experiment to end chronic homelessness. Led by the ...

Makeover For Downtown Eastside Hotels

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A multimillion-dollar restoration will soon begin for 13 run-down hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.The B.C. government announced Ha...

WATCH: Heart Of Hell

NFB | Oisin Curran | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia

From the NFB, Here At Home is an interactive documentary offering a look inside At Home, a radical experiment to end chronic homelessness. Led by the ...

Facing Rental Eviction? Here's Some Help

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver renters facing the prospect of eviction may get some temporary relief from a "rent bank" launched by the city this week. The Vancouver R...

Laws That Punish Homeless Should Be Repealed

Scott E. Bernstein | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Scott E. Bernstein

Over the past weeks, Pivot Legal Society has talked to homeless men in Stanley Park and documented six assaults in the last month. Some of the victims have talked to the police, some have chosen not to report, and instead are finding more isolated places to sleep in an attempt to avoid detection by would-be assailants. This recent series of assaults against homeless men is not surprising in light of research looking at rates of victimization among homeless people.

A $30-Million Donation For Vancouver's Homeless.. Given Anonymously

CBC | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada

A Vancouver couple has anonymously donated $30 million to help reopen heritage home Taylor Manor as a housing facility for the homeless in the city. ...

Budget Cuts Leave Fewer Beds At Shelters

CBC | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada

Vancouver city officials are preparing to issue a cold weather alert as early as Friday morning, but a cut in provincial funding means th...