SURREY (NEWS 1130) – With the homeless count on the rise, advocacy groups in Metro Vancouver are working constantly to try and help with the problem.
Judy Villeneuve is with the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society and says this money will be put to good use.
“This million dollars really is to go to support concrete projects that are going to make a good difference in the community.”
She says Surrey, like many parts of Metro Vancouver, has seen a rise in the number of homeless people.
“I do believe it’s because of the increasing drug problem, because of the lack of affordable rental housing, because of the growing gap between the rich and the poor.”
Villeneuve also blamed low wages that don’t cover the cost of housing.
There are more than 600 people currently without housing in Surrey.