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Vancouver secures safe drug supply, city to take care of most vulnerable during pandemic

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 26, 2020 at 8:37 pm PDT

Summary

City of Vancouver secures a safe drug supply from the federal government

Coal Harbour and Roundhouse community centres as resources to help homeless people

City has secured several hundred spaces, including hotel rooms, for those infected to self-isolate 

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced measures Thursday to protect the city’s most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a safe drug supply from the federal government, as well as additional housing for people who need to self-isolate and protective equipment for those helping.

Kennedy said since the coronavirus crisis began, council’s top priority has been to protect the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

To do so, the city has been working with BC Housing and Vancouver Coastal Health to secure more resources. Those include setting up the Coal Harbour and Roundhouse community centres as resources to help homeless people, by referral, 24 hours a day during the pandemic.

Coal Harbour is already operating in that capacity, Stewart said, and Roundhouse will follow in the next few days. BC Housing has appointed non-profit operators to manage the centres.

The city is also working to ensure a supply of personal protective equipment is available to front-line workers, with Stewart pointing out that hand-washing stations and portable washrooms have already been added, and more are on the way.

The city has also secured several hundred spaces, including hotel rooms, for those infected to self-isolate.

“By deploying community centres, securing hotel space, increasing cleaning, and getting ready to implement safe supply, we’re doing everything we can to support those in most need,” Stewart said.