New ‘homeless hub’ drop-in centre coming to Burnaby

Burnaby is receiving $1,233,375 in joint provincial and federal funding for actions to support people experiencing homelessness, plus women and children fleeing violence.

The project will focus on a “homeless hub” drop-in centre, a safe and stigma-free space for unsheltered people to go during the day to access services, programming, and opportunities for social connections.

Other actions will include cooling stations during extreme heat events, a shower program, and a housing support worker for women and children fleeing violence.

I was pleased to hear about the announcement and gave this quote when asked about the funding: “The pandemic has created more challenges for people who are experiencing homelessness or trying to escape a violent situation. This funding will support on-the-ground programs that will have an immediate impact here in Burnaby and help people connect with the services they need.”

Part of the funding comes from the Strengthening Communities Program, which is providing support to 48 communities across B.C. with $76 million.