Save Our Shelter

April 20, 2011 10:45 ET

Shelter Residents Serve BC Housing Staff Coffee and Muffins

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2011) - Residents of the New Fountain Shelter are serving coffee and homemade muffins this morning in front of BC Housing headquarters at 369 Terminal Avenue in an effort to focus the attention on the shelter's imminent closure due to lack of funding. Last night the New Fountain was a buzzing hive of activity as residents baked the muffins and prepared their pleas.

The campaign to save the shelter was launched last week with a 24-hour soccer marathon featuring street soccer teams composed largely of former and current shelter residents. The campaign is expected to continue until the April 30th deadline when funding for the 27-bed low-barrier facility, which often sleeps more than 40 people every night, will be withdrawn. Shelter residents, fearing that the planned April 30th cutoff from BC Housing support will force them back into the alleys of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, hope that by serving homemade coffee and muffins they might remind BC Housing staff that the closure of the New Fountain Shelter will result in vulnerable Canadians sleeping on the street.

The facility not only provides shelter to a population currently under-served by other facilities due to their addiction and mental illness, but also connects residents to the medical and support services they need. Shelter residents will be serving coffee and homemade muffins to BC Housing staff from 7:30am to 10:30am this morning and will be available for photos and interviews.

Contact Information

  • PHS Community Services Society
    Mark Townsend