181 units of social housing could soon be a reality in South Burnaby, in a move advocates call a good first step.
Wanda Mulholland with the Society to End Homelessness says she’s thrilled at the cooperation between the city, developers, and BC Housing.
It’s a model she says needs replication — and fast — with housing pressures building in the city.
“We very much realize that anyone of us can be homeless and all it takes is for something to change in our lives, and that spiral happens very quickly.”
But she says while it’s progress, the city still lacks a much-needed homeless shelter.
“Shelter, transitional housing, supportive housing. It’s all a continuum. Each one has their important part to assist people, and we have Burnaby citizens who are needing to go elsewhere to get the housing that they desperately need.”
Mullholland says they’ve proposed several options to the city and the conversation remains open — but no shelter project is in the works.
The Southgate project, announced back in January, will go to a public hearing on September 20th.