March 30, 2011
Dear Burnaby Citizens:
The Social Sustainability Strategy Draft Report to City Council is a professional and well written document. It is the result of diligent City Planners who have facilitated an extremely complex process utilizing a Steering Committee and six Working Groups.
We appreciate that Burnaby citizens are being given an opportunity to provide input and suggestions to this draft document in a public process.
The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness strongly supports the City’s vision of Burnaby as a City in which people have their basic needs met, where all members of the community are included and where people are compassionate and care about each other. This vision is a realistic prospect for Burnaby. There are several positive suggestions within the report which would help to expand the continuum of housing options in Burnaby.
Unfortunately issues of extreme poverty and homelessness continue to be a reality for too many Burnaby citizens and create many obstacles
for citizens to have their basic needs met: specifically housing, adequate income and supports.
In order to achieve this innovative vision, the Burnaby Task Forc
e On Homelessness recommends that the Burnaby Social Sustainability Report include a “made for Burnaby” plan that adequately recognizes and addresses these issues and outlines specific ways to collaborate with other levels of government, business, community agencies and concerned citizens.
The Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness is committed to working with all levels of government, the health authority, social service agencies, business, faith communities, and concerned citizens to ensure the provision of housing, support services, and adequate income for Burnaby residents who are without housing or at risk of homelessness in Burnaby.
The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness strongly urges Burnaby citizens to take this opportunity to clearly and respectfully let the City of Burnaby, and subsequently other levels of government, know that this is the kind of City in which we all wish to live.
Please express your opinions by filling out the online survey by April 15th at www.burnaby.ca
Thank you for your support.