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01/09/2016 - 10:41

The B.C. government is putting more people at risk of homelessness by doubling the cost of resolving landlord-tenant disputes through the Residential Tenancy Branch, anti-poverty advocates say.

The Together Against Poverty Society warned Friday that raising application fees to $100 from $50 will deter cash-strapped tenants from standing up for their rights.

“This will impact the levels of homelessness, the levels of people living in sub-standard housing,” said Kelly Newhook,... Read the full article

12/10/2015 - 15:59
Premier says courthouse campers will be offered housing

Premier Christy Clark says homeless people camped on the lawn beside the Victoria Law Courts will eventually be asked to leave if they refuse to accept the province’s offer of housing.

Clark offered no timeline for dealing with the burgeoning tent city at the corner of Burdett Avenue and Quadra Street. But she said Housing Minister Rich Coleman has dealt with similar issues in other communities and has a “good program” for resolving them.

“The first thing we’re doing is... Read the full article

12/10/2015 - 16:01
Hospital board, with conditions, OKs borrowing $30M to house homeless

The Capital Regional District Hospital Board voted Wednesday to seek authority to borrow up to $30 million to fund 367 affordable or supportive-housing units to address the needs of homeless people, in hopes of provincial buy-in.

The decision is conditional on attaining similar funding from the province, said board director Nils Jensen, mayor of Oak Bay. “If this was a marathon, I’d say we’d only covered the first kilometre,” Jensen said. “It’s a matter of whether the B.C. government... Read the full article

11/04/2015 - 10:19
B.C.’s lifetime welfare ban lifted, but few told: advocates

British Columbians convicted of criminal welfare fraud are no longer banned for life from applying for income or disability assistance.

But anti-poverty groups worry that people are continuing to suffer under the bans, because the government has done little to publicize its significant shift in policy.

“There are people that believe that they are under a lifetime ban and, therefore, ineligible for income assistance,” said Stephen Portman, advocacy lead at the Together Against... Read the full article

11/06/2015 - 11:05


VICTORIA – On August 1, 2015, the BC Government quietly amended the province’s welfare legislation, (the “Employment and Assistance Act,” and the “Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act”), by order in council to remove lifetime bans on welfare eligibility for the province’s most vulnerable citizens.

Unfortunately, it appears almost no effort has been made to... Read the full article

11/06/2015 - 11:22
Homeless people left out by high tech

“The moral, and I think responsible, decision — given the purpose of the ombudsperson’s office — is to do something about what is happening at the Ministry of Social Development,” said Stephen Portman, interim executive director of the Together Against Poverty Society.

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