NDP MLAs say supports for vulnerable people will help tackle homelessness in Surrey

SURREY– New Democrat MLAs say vulnerable people in Surrey will have greater access to local services which will help tackle homelessness as the community recovers from the impacts of the pandemic.

“Having a place to warm up, take a shower or get a meal is a game-changer for people who are experiencing homelessness,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “I’m proud our government is providing support to these important services that are going to make a big difference in the lives of members of our community.”

Surrey is receiving $14,246,792 in joint provincial and federal funding for their Pandemic Response Package which will which will deliver temporary shelter accommodation, extreme weather shelter, meal services, health services and provide sanitary services, including mobile washrooms & showers, to improve the hygiene and health of unsheltered and vulnerable populations. This program will also enhance existing shelter accommodations to improve health and safety through new equipment like PPE, cleaning supplies, cots, mats and storage equipment.

“When people have access to the services and supports they need to get back on their feet, our whole community benefits,” said Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood. “We are investing in affordable housing and on-the ground services to tackle homelessness and make our community stronger.”

MLA Brar says this investment is part of the Strengthening Communities Program which is providing support to 48 communities across B.C. Over $76 million will support local governments to combat the impacts of homelessness and keep their communities safe and healthy as they recover from the pandemic.

“Since day one our government has been about providing support to those who need it most,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “The pandemic has exasperated some of the existing inequalities in our community and we are committed to investing in the programs and supports that will help give people a much-needed boost.”

John Horgan and the BC New Democrat government is providing the support people need to build a recovery that leaves no one behind.

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