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Putting a Pause on Demovictions and Creating Solutions Mark Mayor Hurley’s First 120 Days

Four months after his election, Mayor Mike Hurley has made real changes to Burnaby’s response to housing affordability and homelessness.

The ink was barely dry on his swearing-in papers when Mayor Hurley won Council’s support to open four warming centres – one in each quadrant of the City – and a temporary shelter open 24/7 during winter months.

“For the first time ever, Burnaby has warm places for our most vulnerable residents. City staff moved very quickly, I’m very proud of what we’ve done together,” Mayor Mike Hurley said.

“My core reason for running was to deal with the loss of affordable housing and to help people facing homelessness. That’s why I put a pause on any further major developments that would displace tenants until affordable housing or alternatives can be found for them,” he said.

The City is also in partnership with B.C. Housing to build a 52-unit supportive housing facility on Norland Avenue, as part of the province’s Rapid Response to Homelessness program.

“I am happy to report progress on helping the most vulnerable residents and building new infrastructure that will make Burnaby the best place for families in BC,” Mayor Hurley.

To create long-term solutions to meet the needs of Burnaby residents throughout their lives, the Mayor struck a housing task force and launched a public engagement program.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing launched on February 27 and the public engagement program Your Voice, Your Home is underway with an online survey and two major outreach events planned.

Progress continues on major upgrades to existing sports facilities, including two new arenas in South Burnaby and new competitive swimming pools to replace the aging CG Brown Memorial Pool. New childcare centres are opening this fall at Capitol Hill and Montecito elementary schools and another facility is planned for Stride Avenue Community School.

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For further information, contact:
Office of the Mayor
Mayor@burnaby.ca 

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