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13 May 2020  |  No Comment >>

Believe it or not, it has been nearly two months since the Government of British Columbia officially declared a Provincial State of Emergency in response to the current pandemic. As we learn to deal with this “new normal,” there are services continually being established to support particularly the vulnerable population. Organizations are also seeking input on how the general public is dealing with the novel coronavirus. As the situation continues to involve, we will provide weekly updates on availability of the above (a big thanks to all our contributors!). Please …

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24 Mar 2020  |  No Comment >>

We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe amidst the COVID-19 crisis. While disruptions to businesses and services are unavoidable, assistance is still available for those in need. See below for a list of community resources and tips for navigating these difficult times safely — thanks to our partners who contributed this information. Kindly share with your networks, and let us know if there’s something that should be added. And remember, please stay home unless absolutely necessary and observe proper social distancing.
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24 Dec 2019  |  No Comment >>

The new winter edition of the Richmond PRC newsletter is out! Inside there’s an update on the Hope Beyond Hopelessness play put on by the Richmond Advocacy and Support Committee, news about the residents the Richmond modular housing project and much more. Click the image above to read the latest issue.

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3 Dec 2019  |  No Comment >>

Good news from Disability Alliance BC. See below.
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) has sent out a letter to their clients that as of January 1, 2020 the Ministry will no longer require clients between the ages of 60 and 64 to apply for federal early Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits in order to be eligible for income or disability assistance or to avoid a reduction in the amount of their assistance.

If you will be under 65 years of age as of January 1, 2020, you …

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16 Nov 2019  |  No Comment >>

Every October, the Homeless Connect event is a sort of one-stop shop of services connecting those in need with help. RPRC chair De Whalen details this year’s event below.
During Homelessness Action Week, on Oct. 17 the Richmond community came together to welcome guests at the 11th annual Richmond Community (Homeless) Connect at St. Alban Anglican Church. About 65 people who are without an address or in precarious circumstances attended. They enjoyed the services provided by 30 community agencies and numerous volunteers such as haircuts, foot care, dental hygiene, chair massages …

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9 Apr 2019  |  No Comment >>

The New York Times recently published an article by columnist David Brooks, who talks about what Canada is doing right in tackling the issue of poverty in contrast to our neighbours to the south. An excerpt:

“In Canada it’s not like that. About 15 years ago, a disparate group of Canadians realized that a problem as complex as poverty can be addressed only through a multisector comprehensive approach. They realized that poverty was not going to be reduced by some innovation — some cool, new program nobody thought of before. It …

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31 Oct 2018  |  No Comment >>

Starting last month, families and seniors may be eligible for increased benefits under the BC Housing Rental Assistance Program. Please refer to the attached poster.