Press Release – The Hidden Homeless

For Immediate Release March 13, 2007

Burnaby, B.C. – Homelessness is a serious problem throughout Canada. A message from the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness (as taken from the Raising The Roof National Homelessness Initiative).

You have seen homeless people who live on the street, in parks, in doorways and in other public places.

But we rarely see 80 percent of those without a place to call home – the hidden homeless. They are the youth, adults, families and seniors, who move from friend to friend and relative to relative while looking for affordable housing. They are the adults who live in cars and abandoned buildings in cities and on farms. They are women who accept housing from a man even in dangerous situations, rather than freeze on the street. They are the newcomers to the rental housing market, especially young people, immigrants and refugees who are often required to rent housing that they cannot afford. They are often one paycheck away from eviction. They are the homeless we don’t see.

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p>How You Can Help

The Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness in partnership with Progressive Housing, BC Housing, and the Fraser Health Authority coordinates an Outreach Resource Centre held each Thursday at Southside Community Church from 10:00am – 12:00noon. The Outreach Resource Centre provides homeless people with access to Outreach Workers and a Nurse. A bagged lunch, non-perishable food and free clothing are provided.

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. At this time there is a need for men’s shoes and pants.

 

Media Contact:

Wanda Mulholland
Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness

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