2006 HAW

2006 Campaign: Jim Byrnes does Public Service Announcements

In 2006, Jim Byrnes donated his time and legendary blues voice for our public service announcements. Each PSA script was the same message you read in the print ads, transit shelter posters and public library posters shown below.

Once again, this year you’ll hear Jim doing our 2007 public service announcements. Thank you Jim.

Jim Byrnes is a Vancouver-based actor and singer. Over the years Jim has appeared with a virtual who’s who of musical history including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, and Ray Charles. He continues to appear in both TV and film movies. Thanks to Jim for donating his time and talent for these public service announcements.

The musical score and production were donated by Bill Sample. Thank you Bill.


“Have you ever met a person who is homeless?

Meet Sarah. Sarah is 19 years old and no longer in foster care. She has a couple of part-time jobs and takes an evening class at a local college. Sarah’s looked hard for housing, but can’t find anything she can afford to rent. For the past month she’s slept on a co-worker’s sofa. She’s not sure what will happen next.

Fact: The majority of people who are homeless do not live on the street.

Homelessness, together we can solve it. Visit: stophomelessness.ca”


“Have you ever met a person who is homeless?

Meet Susan. When Susan’s hours were cut back at work she got behind on her rent and was evicted. Unable to find a place she can afford, Susan and her teenage daughter have been staying at an emergency shelter in New Westminster.

Fact: A shelter bed costs the public up to $80 per night – this works out to more than double the rent for an average two-bedroom apartment.

Homelessness, together we can solve it. Visit: stophomelessness.ca”


“Have you ever met a person who is homeless?

Meet Larry. Larry has a physical disability and struggles with alcoholism. His health has declined since his hotel apartment in Surrey was closed. Last year, he was taken to hospital emergency 24 times.

Fact: On average, being homeless doubles a person’s annual cost of health care.

Homelessness, together we can solve it. Visit: stophomelessness.ca”

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