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BC Housing Opens Year-Round Temporary Shelter for People who are Homeless in Burnaby

BC Housing has opened its first year-round emergency shelter in Burnaby. It will provide relief from nights on the street and give support and hope to people experiencing homelessness in the community. Progressive Housing Society, an experienced, local non-profit, will manage the day-to-day operation of the shelter. With the opening of the shelter, the Beresford Warming Centre closed on August 21, 2019.

Located at 2294 Douglas Rd., the temporary shelter will provide up to 40 beds and will accommodate men and women. The shelter will operate and be staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week. People staying at the shelter can access accommodation and meals, as well as connection to health and social services focused on transitioning them to appropriate long-term housing. Fraser Health will also provide health services based on individual needs.

For more information, please visit Progressive Housing’s website and BC Housing’s Let’s Talk Housing website.

Community Advisory Committee

Progressive Housing Society has formed a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to support the success of integrating the temporary shelter into the community. The CAC will consist of representatives from Progressive Housing Society, BC Housing, City of Burnaby, RCMP, Fraser Health, and community members and businesses from the neighbourhood surrounding the temporary shelter. The purpose of the CAC is to build relationships between the community, the operator and program partners; to facilitate information sharing and dialogue among CAC members; and identify and resolve any issues, opportunities and concerns related to the shelter operations.

For more information about the CAC and to view the meeting minutes, please visit Progressive Housing’s website.

Contact Information

For information on Progressive Housing Society programs and services please call 604-522-9669 (24 hours), Douglas Shelter services extension 332. Are you a neighbour of the Douglas Shelter with a question or comment? Please call Progressive Housing’s neighbour relations line 604-318-9876 (24 hours).

Beresford Street Warming Centre

Beresford warming centre closed on the morning of August 21, 2019. Please contact Progressive Housing Society at 604-522-9669 ext. 332 for information about the temporary shelter at 2294 Douglas Road.

As the cost of living, particularly the cost of housing, continues to rise in the region, so too does the risk of homelessness. The City of Burnaby works collaboratively with the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby through its Task Force on Homelessness, which includes members from homeless serving agencies, the RCMP, Transit Police, Vancity, Fraser Health, and interested community members. The Task Force works to address the root causes of homelessness and provide support services for the homeless.

Burnaby works with Progressive Housing Society’s Homeless Outreach Program to connect homeless residents with services and support. The City also participates in the Civic Notification System for the Lookout Society's Extreme Weather Homeless Shelter, operating in southeast Burnaby.

Photo Credit: Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby