2006 is known in Burnaby as the year that Burnaby Reached Out To The Homeless.
- Februaryâ€™s Toque Tuesday, the National Homeless Fundraising Initiative raised several thousand dollars for homeless programs in the Lower Mainland. The 2007 Toque Tuesday is on Feb 6th. Money raised this year will benefit Progressive Housing for programs for homeless and also to Blade Runners.
- Funding for the Outreach Worker position was extended by BC Housing. The Outreach Worker is contracted through Progressive Housing Society. 604-522-9669 ext 317.
- Mayor Corrigan proclaimed Oct 16-22 Homeless Awareness Week in Burnaby.
- Burnaby Reaches Out To The Homeless event for Homeless Awareness Week provided an opportunity for homeless people in Burnaby to access Outreach Workers, Health Care Professionals, Housing agencies, free breakfast, lunch, donated clothing for the first event of its kind in Burnaby. Burnaby Reaches Out To the Homeless was greatly supported by the City of Burnaby, BC Housing, Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance, Fraser Health, Salvation Army, Lookout Emergency Aid Society, Progressive Housing, Southside Community Church, Burnaby RCMP, Burnaby Optimists, Tim Hortons, Starbucks and many other community agencies and citizens.
- In November the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness opened the Outreach Resource Centre, a weekly opportunity for homeless people in Burnaby to connect with Outreach Workers and Health Care Profess
ionals. A bagged lunch, free clothing and hygiene items are provided at Southside Community Church 7135 Walker Ave (Kingsway and Walker) every Thursday morning from 10:00am until 12 noon.
- The Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness Extreme Weather Sub Committee opened an Extreme Weather Shelter in Burnaby at St Francis De Sales Church during the extreme weather. This shelter has filled 242 bed spaces over a 17 night period during extreme weather conditions. Agencies include: Salvation Army, St Francis De Sales Church, Lookout Emergency Aid Society and Progressive Housing.
- BC Housing, Lookout and Progressive Housing are working together with the City of Burnaby to determine the best location in Burnaby for 50 housing units, designed to provide a supported continuum of affordable housing.
- The Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness participated in the Edmonds Santa Parade. The Task Force has brochures for distribution which detail the work of the Task Force. Thanks to MLA Raj Chouhan for the printing of these brochures.
Anyone wishing to donate clothing, food, money or wishing to volunteer at the Outreach Resource Centre can contact Progressive Housing at 604-522-9669 ext 317.
Donated clothing can be dropped off at Progressive Housing 7297 Kingsway,
the New Southeast District Community Police Office 7191 Arcola Way 604-656-3275 behind Highgate, or the office of MLA Raj Chouhan 7879 Edmonds 604-520-2756
Submitted by the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness