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City to hold community conversation on homelessness in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:42 PDT, Tue May 24, 2022

The city invites residents to come together for a two-part community conversation about homelessness in Richmond.

At the upcoming community conversation titled “Home,” participants will explore the meaning of home and the meaning of homeless. Together they will talk about what contributes to the circumstance of homelessness and explore ideas about how people can take big or small actions to help foster a more connected and inclusive community.

“These are challenging, complex topics and we hope these conversations will build relationships and spark ideas for how we can all work together to create a more inclusive community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

The conversation will take place in two parts and is open to all Richmond residents aged 16 years and over. In part one, participants will consider the meaning of home and homeless through shared experiences, stories, and discussion. Part two builds on discussions from part one and will explore ideas for a more connected and inclusive community. Participation in part one is recommended but not required for participation in part two.

The sessions are free to attend; however, registration is required and will be open until the day prior to the session. Light refreshments and pizza will be served at all sessions. There are two ways to register:

• Online at www.richmond.ca/register

• By phone at 604-276-4300, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are three opportunities to attend part one of the conversation:

• June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Richmond Cultural Centre (registration number: 159620).

• June 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richmond Cultural Centre (registration number: 159942).

• June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Centre Community Centre (registration number: 159948).

Part two of the conversation will take place on June 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Centre Community Centre (registration number: 159636).

When people find home, they find belonging, stability, and well-being. Engaging in community conversations about homelessness is a priority initiative of the city’s Homelessness Strategy.

For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/homelessness.

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