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City launching community services pop-ups, aiming to reduce poverty

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:15 PST, Tue November 29, 2022

Last Updated: 3:37 PST, Tue January 3, 2023

A series of five monthly pop-ups aimed at connecting residents with lower incomes to community-based services launches on Dec. 8 at the Brighouse library branch.

The goal of the new Community Services Pop-Ups is to contribute to reducing poverty in the community by increasing access to resources and supports residents need to move out of poverty. The free drop-in sessions offer a safe and welcoming space for members of the community to ask questions about available resources, in a comfortable, accessible location—the library.

Each of the pop-ups will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month from December 2022 through April 2023. Some of the services and supports available include navigational support for addiction services and affordable housing as well as application support for government assistance.

Service providers attending the Dec. 8 pop-up include CHIMO Community Services, Richmond Addiction Services Society, Richmond Family Place, Richmond Poverty Reduction Coalition, Touchstone Family Association, Quit Now – BC Lung Foundation, Vancouver Coastal Health – Peer Support, Turning Point Recovery Society, Connections Community Services Society, and Richmond Centre for Disability. 

The series is hosted by the City of Richmond and Richmond Public Library in collaboration with a number of community organizations. The Province of British Columbia, through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, provided funding for the program.

The pop-ups further actions in the city’s 2021–2031 Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond, and support the development of program and service delivery, and the implementation of targeted outreach programs for residents at risk of or living in poverty.

For more information on the pop-up series or on available resources to support people living on low income, visit richmond.ca/services/communitysocialdev/accessibility/roar.htm.

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