Homelessness Awareness Action Week in Smithers
Smithers is recognizing BC Homelessness Awareness Action Week, with last night being their 3rd annual camp-out then hosting a pancake breakfast this morning , and tonight there is an evening forum with special guest speakers.
26 locals stayed the whole night during the camp out and about 100 people stopped by to say hello.
Clarence Luggi is currently homeless and is on the way of getting his life back on track, he was happy to see the local support. “It’s great to see this happen every year that it's turned my life around and having Pauline I just worked at Broadway place I just asked for help and that's all it took.”
Broadway Emergency Shelter Manager Pauline Tackema stresses that becoming homeless can happen to anybody. “Everybody is one pay check away from losing home and finding themselves in a situation that they never have dreamed themselves of being.”
Rachel Adair is currently homeless and is finding hard to find a place to live, “They are going to remodel my unit and then afterwards they are going to up the rent and I've been looking for the past two or three months now and I haven't found anything.”
A forum will be held Thursday evening at the Dze'L'Kant Friendship Centre hall.