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No vacancy: how Vancouver housing affordability is impacting homelessness

October 25, 2016 - Ring

The relationship between Vancouver’s real estate boom and the crisis of homelessness and is more than just a trickle down effect. Working with Vancouver's Union Gospel Mission (UGM), nursing professor Bernie Pauly has found that rising housing costs in Vancouver, the diminishing supply of low-end rental housing, and dropping vacancy rates are leading to a growing number of people who are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness.

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More than just a smile: community dental clinics lead to recognition for social work professor

May 5, 2015 - Ring

Social work professor Bruce Wallace, with the UVic Faculty of Human and Social Development, is the recent recipient of a BC Dental Association award of merit. Also a researcher and advocate, Wallace has invested the lion’s share of his academic career to improving access to dental care for those with low or no incomes. 

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Help homeless people kick the cold

November 7, 2012 - Ring

Are there barely-used shoes, gloves or scarves collecting dust in your home? Why not donate them to people who need them? Do something heartwarming this chilly holiday season. Three geography students are assisting the Cool-Aid Society by collecting clothing and necessities for Victoria’s homeless community. Donations can be dropped off in donation boxes outside the UVSS offices and in room B327 of the SSM building until Nov. 23. Particularly wanted are lightly used shoes, gloves, scarves, jackets, towels and reusable shopping bags, as well as new women’s undergarments, women’s deodorant and makeup.

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Street smarts

February 14, 2011 - Ring

A sleeping bag in a car, an unpadded perch on a cold piece of cement, a nylon shell at a local park—this is no place like home. Yet this is the reality for an estimated 1,500 men and women who live on the capital region’s streets.

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