Posted December 12, 2016
Surrey ACORN members braved the weather Thursday night to attend the community safety forum. ACORN members made their voices heard, calling on the City of Surrey to work quickly to create a Supervised Injection Site to help alleviate the harm being caused in the community by the Fentanyl crisis. 71 people have already died in the city in 2016, as of mid November.
The City Manager for Crime Reduction Colleen Kerr heard the concerns of the community members, especially on the city's controversial plan to dedicate 12 RCMP officers and 4 Bylaw officers to "the Strip," a stretch of 135A Street where the city's homeless have been camping for lack of better places to go.
ACORN members are steadfast in their demands that the city work with the Fraser Health Authority to establish the two proposed supervised consumption sites, as well as transition to a housing-first model for dealing with the homeless population. Only by first meeting the right for Safe, Healthy Housing can the community move into a safer future.