Outreach workers estimate that 250-300 people in Burnaby are dealing with the issue of homelessness right now.
Every story is unique, but we also find common patterns including addiction, mental illness, limited income, and inability to find affordable housing. Welfare payments and other government income assistance do help, but the maximum housing allowance available to a single person on welfare is $375 per month. Without housing, it is extremely difficult for these individuals to stabilize and improve their quality of life.
Adding to the difficulty, there is much social stigma around those who face homelessness. It is often unknown that homelessness can result from many factors currently outside of someone’s control. Some of these include threat of harm, untreated mental illness, drug or alcohol addictions, and loss of family, friends, employment, relationships, or housing.
We are making a difference. By supplying outreach services, referrals, practical assistance, advocacy, and life-skills coaching, we are helping to alleviate homelessness one person at a time.