Tag Archives: Cortes Island Housing

‘Unsheltered’ and ‘At Risk’ Populations on Cortes and Quadra Islands

In the Spring of 2022, Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness and the Urban Indigenous Housing and Wellness Coalition  commisioned a series of studies of the housing crisis in our area. One components was a survey called ‘Collecting Stories of Where We Live’ conducted by the Rural Development Network. 110 Cortes Island and 43 Area C residents participated (all but two of the latter were from Quadra Island).  

“The purpose was to provide a comprehensive picture of housing instability and homelessness in the area to help inform service providers and municipal, provincial, and federal policies, practices, and funding decisions. And then to elevate and incorporate the voices of folks who are experiencing homelessness in solutions to end homelessness,” explained Emma Wallace, Project Manager of Community Development and Homelessness Estimations at the Rural Development Network.

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2020: The Definition of Homelessness In Our Area

{From the Archives: July 11, 2020)

Summer is here, and with it  an increase in the number of homeless people in our communities. According to Sue Moen, the Salvation Army’s representative in the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness, this problem goes back about forty years – to when the federal government stopped subsidizing affordable housing. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, many Canadians have come to the realization that issues like this are community problems and we all need to seek solutions. In this morning’s interview, we talk about the definition of homelessness. 

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What’s ahead for Rainbow Ridge in 2022 and 23?

Executive Director Sandra Wood discussed the Cortes Community Housing Society’s achievements in 2021, when the Rainbow Ridge affordable housing project will be shovel ready and what lies ahead after it is finished.

“We ended the year so strongly!” she exclaimed.

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Cortes Island faces housing listing shortage while BC supply at an all-time low

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant to Canada-info.ca

A recent BC Real Estate Association report says 2021 was a record year for sales in the BC housing market, while 2022 begins with the lowest number of listings on record.

On Cortes Island, local resident realtor Martha Abelson, who has 17 years experience, says there are only four active listings, fewer than half the average for this time of year. She believes the pandemic is contributing to the housing supply shortage.

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Campbell River, Cortes, Quadra – Cold snap impacts a house challenged population

The chill that started just before Christmas has been particularly hard on the house challenged population of Campbell River, Quadra island and Cortes island. 

Some people are living in uninsulated cabins, trailers, boats, cars and tents. 

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