Urban Mayors’ Caucus sees announcement of four complex care housing sites as a good first step – BC News

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Housing a good first step

BC’s Urban Mayors’ Caucus applauds the opening of four complex care sites in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley as a “good first step.”

The Department of Mental Health and Addictions announced Thursday morning that the first four sites will be located in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford.

Details on when they will be operational have not been announced.

The Urban Mayors Caucus has listed complex needs housing as one of the top four issues it is urging the government to address.

Just a week ago, he renewed calls on the government to act.

In a press release, caucus co-chairs Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said they were pleased to see the government taking these first steps to implement protective measures. support to help the most vulnerable in our communities.

They say while the announcement of 98 complex care spaces is welcome, there are still many across the province who are in critical need to see this model in place.

“We continue to advocate vigorously for additional funding to be allocated for the expansion of complex care housing and supports, and we hope the 2022 provincial budget will reflect new commitments,” the mayors said in their news release. .

“Complex care homes will make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents. It is time to try new approaches to housing and to increase the level of care and support services.

“We look forward to working with the province and our health authorities to help them open these first four sites and future sites as quickly as possible. »

The Urban Mayors Caucus represents 13 of the province’s largest communities.

They continue to champion four key priorities, including:

  • Mental Health, Addiction and Treatment
  • affordable housing
  • Public transport
  • A new fiscal framework
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