Social Impact Advisory Committee of the City of Salmon Arm
Downtown Salmon Arm staff were invited to the Social Impact Advisory Committee, May 9th because of our concerns regarding the visible increase in homelessness and panhandling within the downtown core. The meeting was well attended with representatives from the City of Salmon Arm – Councillor and Staff, SAFE Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Shuswap Association for Community Living, Shuswap Children’s Association, Family Resource Centre, RCMP, Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter.
There was a lot of information gained and discussion about having a community adopted plan to tackle this complex social issue. The Committee will continue to pursue this topic.
CMHA has created a Shuswap Survival Guide – a listing of services available in our community. Please keep this guide available in the event someone you come across needs social services.
Heretohelp.bc.ca is another trusted resource on mental health and substance use.
Currently the City of Salmon Arm does not have a panhandling bylaw. If someone is on your private property, you do have the right to ask them to leave. If there is any situation where you or your customers feel unsafe or at risk, contact the police by calling 9-1-1.