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New homeless shelter proposed for Richmond

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Kenneth Chan Sep 21, 2017 4:50 pm 1,010

A proposed homeless shelter in Richmond will provide much-needed additional shelter bed spaces for Metro Vancouver’s growing homeless population.

The City of Richmond is partnering with the Salvation Army and the provincial government to open a new shelter in an industrial area at 12040 Horseshoe Way.

The municipal government will provide the land, valued at $6 million, to the shelter for free while funding for converting the site’s industrial building – currently used by Anchor Foods International – into a shelter will come from the provincial government.

When complete, it will replace the Salvation Army’s existing Richmond House shelter, which only has space for 10 people and is forced to turn away about 130 visits per month due to a lack of space.

The new facility will have 26 additional spaces for a total of 36 beds.

“The Salvation Army has been an excellent neighbour to all residents while providing shelter and supportive programming to Richmond’s homeless population over the past two decades,” reads a release.

The proposed site is located on the same city block as the Richmond RCMP’s headquarters and the City of Richmond’s Animal Shelter.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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