Jim’s Story: What Can Be Done to House Our Most Vulnerable Residents? (Dr. Bill MacEwan)
Union Gospel Mission is one of the biggest service providers for low-income and homeless people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. The Christian charity provides 1,000 meals a day across Metro Vancouver. It found housing for 200 people last year, runs shelters and drug and alcohol programs, and has strong street outreach teams.
While Vancouver has been waiting three years for 300 long-term mental health treatment beds, there have been developments in short-term mental health care.
In June city council approved a $1-million investment into the capital costs of a new mental health and addictions treatment hub at St. Paul’s.
Katie Hyslop reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner