Mayor to join partners at new refugee housing construction project

This is adapated from a news alert by the City of Vancouver.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is joining with community partners to inspect construction progress of the new Immigrant Services Society of BC's Welcome House on Sept. 10.

Located on 2610 Victoria Drive, the first-of-its-kind facility will offer 130 beds for refugees and a multi-service centre for newcomers when it's completed in May 2016.

The City of Vancouver is investing $4.4 million in land and grants to complete this project, which will address the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants arriving in B.C. by bringing housing, services and programs together under one roof. 

Mayor Robertson previously attended a jam-packed City Hall forum on the Syrian refugee crisis, where he said that Vancouver should be a sanctuary for those fleeing the country's civil war, which first started in March 2011.

Those wishing to join the mayor on Sept. 10 should be at the Welcome House construction site no later than 10:45 a.m. for a safety orientation. The mayor is scheduled to appear for 11 a.m.

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