It looks like plans for a homeless shelter in Coquitlam are going ahead, but at an unreasonably slow place. This article in Wednesday's Tri City News indicates that the stumbling block is trouble getting a memo of understanding with BC Housing. We have the land and the building, the public will and the support of people all over Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody - and the homeless people needing a safe place to stay, where they can get help to more permanent recovery and housing.
It just doesn't make sense that this is being held up for procedural reasons.
We do have temporary shelters for the winter months, but sleeping on mats on a church floor, then going out to shiver in the cold from 7am-9pm is not satisfactory for our homeless community members. And what about the months of April - October? We know that people are living in tents in parks, and that they are sick, hungry, and sometimes victimized during night.
Hurry up and let's get this done!
question: why not?
mompoet - impatient