Local homelessness project given green light

Posted on October 28, 2010

By Jesse Johnston – News 1130

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – It was caught up in red tape for months, but a plan to house the homeless in Port Coquitlam has now cleared all of its bureaucratic hurdles. Now that the loopholes have been closed, other communities are looking to get involved.

Mayor Greg Moore borrowed the idea for “Homes for Good” from across the border. The organization raises money and uses that cash to supplement rents for homeless people.

But the issue was that the province treated those supplements as income, so anyone who signed up for the program wouldn’t be eligible for welfare.

Moore says they’ve resolved the issue with the province and now his plan is getting some interest from other cities. “If someone else wants to do it, we can work with them and pretty much give them a manual of how to do it, and then help them work through it. We’re working to ensure that others can copy our success.”

He says Surrey has already contacted him and he’s had a few other phone calls as well.

One Response to “Local homelessness project given green light”

  1. John Grasty
    Nov 08, 2010

    Understanding that housing is more than a physical structure, it has been interesting to see how “affordable housing” has impacted the planning and development of housing options and programs over the past few decades.

    Supportive housing initiatives, women’s shelters, emergency shelter programs, an increasing range of housing options, the development of non-profit and coop housing projects, the availability of more subsidized housing units, the involvement of churches, service clubs, unions, the coordination of service providers, have all played a role towards addressing housing needs.

    Whether its assisted living, homelessness, or other housing priorities, there is still much to be done, and Homes for Good is a giant step forward; congratulations.