Jean Corrigan stands outside the Fort McKay home where she works as a caregiver for an elder.

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. The Discourse is reporting in-depth stories about the crisis’ roots and history and point to solutions to help those struggling.

Comment: Want to end the drug poisoning crisis? Start by listening to people who use drugs

People on the ground know how to save lives, writes nurse and community advocate Sarah Lovegrove. Will the rest of the community step up?

Developer sues engineers over structural issues at Magdalena apartment complex

Residents at the Magdalena say they’ve dealt with maintenance disruptions and security issues for over a year.

Reporter’s Notebook: Eviction at Bastion Street bridge

After the city removed a truckload of tarps and other cold-weather supplies from the encampment, advocates point to solutions.

After Nanaimo’s only warming centre suddenly closed, this organization stepped up

Within hours, RISEBRIDGE brought the community together to provide a low-barrier emergency warming centre, maintain fragile relationships and rebuild trust.

What a judge’s ruling on homeless camps could mean for unhoused citizens of Nanaimo

After the B.C. Supreme Court ruled a Prince George homeless camp can stay, cities like Nanaimo need to ‘rethink why they’re doing,’ says law professor.

New program shifts affordable housing funds to wealthier Langford families

The Attainable Home Ownership Program is most likely to support households with incomes well above the median.

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