Last week, they got some good news: the city’s newly elected mayor and council introduced and passed a motion to allow permanent homeless shelters, as well as warming centres that can be opened on cold winter nights in community centres or church basements.

“We had talked to the mayor about the urgency of getting something up and running as quickly as possible for people who are homeless, because homelessness is life-threatening,” said Karen O’Shannacery, a spokesperson for the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.