Deep Dive


Cowichan housing costs are up dramatically and rentals are scarce. The lack of affordable housing has pushed more people into homelessness. Struggles with poverty are more visible than ever. Reporter Jacqueline Ronson and The Discourse Cowichan report in-depth stories about the crisis’ roots and history and point to solutions to help those struggling in Cowichan right now.

A homeless shelter’s secret garden

In Cowichan, even thorny social issues have hidden beauty.

These Cowichan groups are tackling homelessness amidst a housing crisis

It’s ‘Housing First’ with a home-grown twist as landlords, homeless shelters and counsellors work together to meet growing need.

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Cowichan safety audit aims to address downtown concerns

From NIMBY to CIMBY: building Community In My Backyard

When it comes to homelessness, we all need to step up

A homelessness outreach worker at Duncan’s Hiiye'yu Lelum (House of Friendship) shares his thoughts on a path forward.

Fact Check: Would affordable housing funds actually be spent on housing in Cowichan?

We take a deeper look at what one community group is saying about the upcoming CVRD referendum.

5 things you need to know about Cowichan’s housing referendum

Here’s how the Cowichan Valley Regional District plans to ease the affordable housing crisis.

VIDEO: How far does $765,000 go to address B.C.’s affordable housing crisis?

Cowichan residents head to the polls to vote on a housing referendum this October.