Letters to the Editor

New Westminster's homelessness approach worth emulating

Re: What Abbotsford can learn from New Westminster (Column, NewsLeader, Feb. 28)

Great column about what happens when municipalities work with other levels of government and service and housing providers to create solutions.

You highlighted a great example of how things can work successfully.

Homeless people don't have opportunity to address their health or other conditions if they don't have stable affordable housing and the support they need. They cannot succeed at training or employment without proper food, use of transit to and from their work/classes, and access to laundry and computers.

Thanks New West for your leadership.

Maybe you can share your success with mayors and councillors in Abbotsford and your neighbour Burnaby. We need them to recognize every community has homelessness, and municipal action to address the needs of the most vulnerable in their own community is the responsibility of local government.

Way to go New West!

Karen O'Shannacery

Executive Director

Lookout Emergency Aid Society

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