Abbotsford Councillor Les Barkman, who Monday voted against accepting $15.3 million from the provincial government to build a small low barrier supportive housing proposal in Abbotsford, told <a href=”http://www.news1130.com/2014/02/18/help-for-homeless-available-abbotsford-councillor/”>News 1130 </a>today that, “Until there is a mental health or detox facility [in Abbotsford], there are resources for people who need them.”
Barkman told <a href=”http://www.news1130.com/2014/02/18/help-for-homeless-available-abbotsford-councillor/”>News 1130</a> “I think with BC Housing, with the city, and different agencies like Salvation Army, Food Bank, we can make a huge dent before this thing even gets built, but we need a whole bunch of partners in the city to step up.”
He also said that the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce should be involved in making healthcare decisions for marginalized people.<a href=”http://www.pittmeadowstoday.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/teepee.jpg”><img src=”http://www.pittmeadowstoday.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/teepee.jpg” alt=”The growing village of homeless people on Gladys Avenue opposite the Mennonnite Central Committee's new building.” width=”275″ height=”183″ class=”size-full wp-image-19391″ /></a> The growing village of homeless people on Gladys Avenue opposite the Mennonnite Central Committee’s new building.
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Linda Toews Says:
If that was the case then how did the problem get to be this bad? Are the providers of these resources not stepping up? Are the homeless not being told about these resources? I suspect that a couple of reasons is really because the resources available are not “low barrier” and pet-friendly.
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Les Barkman has no clue what he is talking about!
He needs to do his homework!