Burnaby panning respite for its homeless residents

January 6, 2019 by  

Like most cities, a portion of those who live in Burnaby have no home to call their own. The province recently announced plans to build the community’s first ever homeless shelter so that no one will be left out in the cold.

In a press release from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the province noted that it has created a plan to open shelters and warming centres across British Columbia, and Burnaby is one of the cities that has been selected for the initiative. The release noted that this program will ensure that everyone has a safe shelter.

The plan is for the facility to offer both overnight stays and day programming, and it won’t be open just during cold emergencies or other extreme weather. It will be administered by the Progressive Housing Society, but as the project is still in its initial stage, an exact location has not yet been set. In a response to an inquiry from Burnaby Now, a government spokesperson remarked that the goal is to open the facility as quickly as possible, but an exact date is yet to be confirmed.

Once open, the facility will offer respite from both extreme cold and heat, and the goal is for it to offer more than just a place to stay. Logo design and other services for this type of project can be sourced from an area print shop.

The city remarked that its discussions with the province about the project are ongoing. More details will be released to the public and other stakeholders as they become available.