Banman: Downtown OK For Former Inmates But Not Homeless

By September 26, 2013Municipal Politics

Having repeatedly said the Abbotsford Community Services has a great idea when it comes to providing a low barrier Supportive Housing option for homeless men … just anywhere but in Downtown Abbotsford where they live and have support services, Mayor Bruce Banman has come out in favour of the John Howard Society’s decision to move former inmates into the downtown area because, according to the mayor, living in supervised housing is better than leaving them to fend for themselves.

“I don’t normally comment on these things, but the John Howard Society runs a tight ship and makes sure rules are followed. My guess is there will not be any problems. Studies I have looked at say inmates do much better in homes like these than leaving them- to fend for themselves. As a result the public is safer, and just as important the inmates have a support group, find jobs and return to jail far less often.” – Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman on Facebook, 25/09/13

Why does the mayor want to give former inmates a chance but not homeless people?

I think we need to find the mayor some supportive housing where professionals who know what they are doing can help him get his thoughts together before opening his mouth …?


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