On a motion from downtown land owner and one-time president Bob Bos, the Board of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association (ADBA) has voted unanimously to ask the membership at the next month’s Annual General Meeting to donate $10,000 to the pursuit of a housing solution for Abbotsford’s homeless population which cannot be housed in the City’s existing high barrier shelters.
ADBA President Paul MacLeod, told Today the money will be used to help efforts he will spearhead through an ad hoc committee of interested private citizens who are eager to help resolve the outstanding issue of homelessness for those who are unable to be housed in the only shelters Abbotsford has which preclude the participation of those with mental illness, drug addictions or alcohol dependence, or behaviours deemed unacceptable by the shelters the City will allow.
“I made the commitment before the painful public debate over the ACS/BC Housing proposal began that, regardless of the outcome, once that chapter in this city’s history was closed I would devote all of my efforts to find homes for those in our community who don’t have them and I am proud that the first organization to step up to the plate is the ADBA,” says MacLeod.
MacLeod told Today that the homelessness issue and the ACS/BC Housing proposal have divided the community he is calling for members of the community to come together and, like the ADBA, provide support to his efforts and those of the fledgling group he is putting together, to start putting an end to the division.
Edited 21:28 – 02/27/14