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Surrey Shelter Gets $1 Million To Stay Open

The Boulevard Winter Shelter in Surrey will stay open for at least another year thanks to a $960,000 investment by the provincial government.

The 24/7 shelter which provides 3 meals a day to clients is located at 10677 Whalley Blvd. It has 40-beds and has seen more than 35 people transition into permanent housing since December.

The new funding commitment will allow the outreach workers to work with Surrey’s homeless population outside of the winter months.

The shelter was originally developed by the City of Surrey in 2012 and ran as a winter shelter program for 157 people over 6 months – 72 of which found housing. The property was then sold to a developer and was unable to find a new location for 2 years.

The shelter is operated by the Lookout Emergency Aid Society and is leased to the Province by the City of Surrey. As a result of the additional funding and lease extension, the shelter will stay open until April 30, 2017.

The province previously funded $400,000 to keep it open during last year’s winter months as a temporary shelter.

 

 

Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
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