Homeless

Photo taken with permission of a woman who had a seizure, due in part to the extreme heat in Kelowna (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna’s vulnerable want to shelter from heatwave, but bylaw requires they move

City of Kelowna bylaw requires residents of homeless encampment to pack-up and leave each morning

 

The old BC Tree Fruits packinghouse at 858 Ellis St. is being converted into a temporary homeless shelter. (Photo/Google Street Maps)

New temporary shelter opening on Ellis Street in Kelowna

The building will replace the temporary shelter at 550 Doyle Avenue

 

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

Kelowna Gospel Mission reaches out even further

Extended lunch service runs every day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving approximately 100 people

 

The Homeless Hub estimates homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion per year and calls for relatively modest spending increases to address the issue. (Photo/Journey Home YouTube)

Ending homeless in Kelowna, and the rest of Canada, ‘daunting undertaking’

‘No one in Canada should die for the lack of a home’

  • Jun 10, 2022
The Homeless Hub estimates homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion per year and calls for relatively modest spending increases to address the issue. (Photo/Journey Home YouTube)
For Soren, homelessness started when he lost his car. (Photo/Journey Home)

Into homelessness and out again in Kelowna

‘I lost everything, I lost every asset I had’

  • Jun 1, 2022
For Soren, homelessness started when he lost his car. (Photo/Journey Home)
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

The BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department put out a homeless camp fire north of Vernon Monday, May 23. (Morning Star - file photo)
Corey has a long history with drugs. He used cocaine for ten years and opiates for 25, but he’s put all of that behind him. (Photo contributed)

Kelowna man laughing through adversity

“life’s too short to be miserable, laughter’s the best medicine, and pay it forward”

  • May 17, 2022
Corey has a long history with drugs. He used cocaine for ten years and opiates for 25, but he’s put all of that behind him. (Photo contributed)
This story is about Lee and her journey with homelessness. (Photo contributed)

Stigma remains for those experiencing homelessness in Kelowna

‘I was in search of a better life.’

  • May 16, 2022
This story is about Lee and her journey with homelessness. (Photo contributed)
Stephen Village is a supportive housing complex on Aggasiz Ave. in Kelowna (File photo)

To end chronic homelessness in Kelowna more supportive housing needed

Another 516 units are needed by 2026: Journey Home Society

Stephen Village is a supportive housing complex on Aggasiz Ave. in Kelowna (File photo)
A special meal was prepared for Easter dinner at the Kelowna Gospel Mission (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Kelowna Gospel Mission feeds hundreds Easter dinner

The hope is for residents to feel loved and important

A special meal was prepared for Easter dinner at the Kelowna Gospel Mission (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
An RCMP officer keeps an eye on residents as they pack up their items after spending the night at a new homeless camp set up near the Kelowna Curling Club in November 2019. (Jen Zielinski - Capital News)

Grant application for Kelowna’s outdoor sheltering program

Pandemic has led to increase in unsheltered homeless, says staff report

An RCMP officer keeps an eye on residents as they pack up their items after spending the night at a new homeless camp set up near the Kelowna Curling Club in November 2019. (Jen Zielinski - Capital News)
(Photo contributed)

Shelter lease extended at Super 8 Motel in West Kelowna

BC Housing worked with the owner to extend the lease until March 31, 2023

(Photo contributed)
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 two Kelowna shelters for people experiencing homelessness

Need for shelter services in Kelowna ‘greater than ever’

(Photo/Turning Points Collaborative Society)
Tracey and Jimmy Griffin are the faces behind Packman Opens Hearts, who serve weekly meals to those on the streets. (Contributed)

Couple dedicated to feeding Vernon’s homeless, out of a home

Packman Opens Hearts operators in desperate need of housing

Tracey and Jimmy Griffin are the faces behind Packman Opens Hearts, who serve weekly meals to those on the streets. (Contributed)
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)
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)
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)