As the weather turns cold, there is nowhere to go for those experiencing homelessness in the Oceanside region.

A cold weather shelter was initially proposed for the 52-unit supportive housing complex known as Orca Place, which officially opened earlier this year on Corfield St.

However, the shelter component was removed once Parksville city council spent roughly $500,000 repaying a grant from the regional district who had required a winter shelter at the site.

At the time, Robin Campbell with the Manna Homeless Society felt it was a bad idea. Now, he told NanaimoNewsNOW it should have been considered a criminal idea.