The society operates on about $180,000 per year, with much of it coming from the City of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union.
But with hundreds of refugees arriving in Vancouver already this year, the money is running out.
In a normal year the society assists about 800 people. But just five months into 2017, it has already helped 700 refugees, Alaya said.
With more refugees arriving, Alaya said he’s out of places to house people.
Alaya said he has asked the federal government for help, but was told by the deputy minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marta Morgan, that none is coming.
“Basically what she said is, it’s sad people are coming through and don’t get support, but they cannot do anything,” Alaya said.