Housing

Nearly all Nanaimo shelters are at capacity and housing is full, making advocate Kevan Griffith wonder where housing programs are placing their clients.
Nearly all Nanaimo shelters are at capacity and housing is full, making advocate Kevan Griffith wonder where housing programs are placing their clients. Pixabay

Local homelessness advocate asks for more transparency

By Spencer Sterritt
February 14, 2017 - 6:05pm Updated: February 15, 2017 - 10:16am

NANAIMO — Kevan Griffith, who runs the extreme weather shelter at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, feels left in the dark about who is getting housing in the city.

The Snuneymuxw First Nation hopes to have significant parcels of land returned to them as part of ongoing negotiations after a nearly $50 million settlement.
The Snuneymuxw First Nation hopes to have significant parcels of land returned to them as part of ongoing negotiations after a nearly $50 million settlement. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

SFN eager for negotiations to help solve land issues

By Spencer Sterritt
February 2, 2017 - 1:26pm Updated: February 3, 2017 - 1:28pm

NANAIMO — The Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) is anxious to get negotiations underway with the provincial and federal governments to reclaim their land.

Houses aren't going up fast enough in the Nanaimo area, likewise with apartments, according to real estate experts.
Houses aren't going up fast enough in the Nanaimo area, likewise with apartments, according to real estate experts. File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

Nanaimo vacancy rates dwindle to buyer's chagrin

By Spencer Sterritt
January 30, 2017 - 9:44am

Nanaimo isn't a renters market.

According to statistics gathered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the vacancy rate for apartments dropped to 1.5 per cent in 2016, down from two per cent in 2015.

The home (pictured) suffered damage inside from a fire which started in a trailer right beside the house
The home (pictured) suffered damage inside from a fire which started in a trailer right beside the house Google Maps

Early morning fire carves out part of a house

By Spencer Sterritt
January 24, 2017 - 12:03pm Updated: January 24, 2017 - 1:44pm

NANAIMO — A fire which started in an RV trailer quickly spread and significantly damaged the inside of a Nanaimo home.

The blaze started at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24. at 673 Western Acres Rd.

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