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Missing Middle Housing Initiative pushed to next council 

The rental market for housing in Victoria is in a crisis that affects many UVic students as they struggle to find housing each September. Between 2005 and 2019, the median…

UVSS Director advocates for Victoria’s Missing Middle Housing Initiative

On Aug. 4, the City of Victoria held a public hearing which gave residents a chance to voice their opinions on the contentious Missing Middle Housing Initiative. Among those who…

Victoria’s housing crisis: An update and resources for students

Finding accommodations as a student this fall may prove complicated As we enter the third summer following the COVID-19 pandemic and as the dust seemingly begins to settle, the rental…
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Recent Saanich and Oak Bay decisions could make housing more accessible for UVic students

The Saanich council recently wrapped up ongoing studies and surveys on garden suites, and voted to legalize them as part of a plan to increase housing in the municipality. Oak…
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It’s time to change the conversation around homelessness

Victoria is facing a homelessness crisis. However, instead of empathy and solutions, the city’s most vulnerable have been levelled with accusations that they are lazy, dangerous drug addicts who ca
cartoon of homeless person on bench, Victoria Native Friendship Centre closes

Victoria Native Friendship seasonal shelter closure sheds light on Indigenous homelessness amid surge of community support

On July 1, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre’s seasonal shelter was forced to close — sending visitors back onto the street, including eight to 10 regular guests.
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Justice Van delivers supplies directly to Victoria’s street community

Six nights a week, The Justice Van Society delivers food, clothing, shelter, and other equipment to people living on the street.
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Commerce Students’ Society cancels week-long homelessness fundraiser due to coronavirus

Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Victoria Commerce Students’ Society (CSS) have decided to cancel a week-long event dedicated to increasing awareness about homelessness, but will still…

How to avoid getting scammed by your landlord

As someone who has encountered their fair share of illegal renting situations — because you don’t typically find out this much about renters’ rights the easy way — our writer…