Community groups in Surrey say they’re concerned word isn’t getting out about a batch of new emergency shelter beds for youth.
Senior Manager with Options Community Services Joe Woodworth says BC Housing has funded 10 shelter beds at the Guildford Youth Resource Centre.
But Woodworth says since the beds were made available last week, the turnout has been slow.
“Typically a youth will, they’re very resourceful, so they’ll go find a bed to stay with a friend, or a couch, you know, in somebody’s basement.”
“We need a couple youth to come and stay and then they’ll go on social media, and share with their friends, it’s a good safe place for people to go if you’re in need. Once that word gets spread, then we expect a better response.”
He says Options and Pacific Community Resources Society don’t just offer a warm cot to sleep on.
“[At] 8:30 in the morning typically we would give youth a bus ticket and a lunch to go,” he says.
Woodworth says it’s important to help youth because they are often that voice not heard.