The Community Safety Hub, which opened on April 6 on Second Avenue and George Street, serves as a connection point for many of the core agencies across governments and non-profit sectors that regularly contend with some of society’s most complex issues. The establishment of the hub was one of the commitments approved by council that are contained in a report from the Select Committee on a Safe, Clean, and Inclusive Community.
The $1,907,593 in funding, which is allocated via the Union of BC Municipalities’ Strengthening Communities Services Grant Program, will be used by the City of Prince George in several ways:
- Further establishment of the Community Safety Hub (site renovations, staffing, janitorial services, and utilities)
- Increased RCMP patrols
- Security (civic facilities and parkades)
- Establishment of a Mini Transfer Station (to assist Parks and Bylaw staff to deposit and sort daily cleanups)
- Enhanced cleaning
- Service/Drop In Centre for unsheltered homeless population and comprehensive evaluation
As the city continues to implement the activities associated with this funding, the Community Safety Hub will continue to operate as a centre for downtown health and safety service coordination.
The partner organizations involved with the Community Safety Hub include:
- City of Prince George (Bylaw Services)
- Northern Health
- BC Housing
- RCMP including the Downtown Safety Unit
- Prince George Native Friendship Centre
- Downtown Prince George
- Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
These organizations have come together to address a number of issues, including the health and safety of the residents of downtown encampments and enhanced cleaning protocols in the downtown area. A number of homeless individuals have been connected with income assistance, services, and housing.