‘We need to get people inside,’ David Eby says, as Penticton council rejects extension for shelter.
Housing Minister and Attorney-General David Eby says the province is exploring its options after the City of Penticton rejected the extension of a permit allowing a homeless shelter in the middle of the city. (MIke McArthur/CBC)
Housing Minister David Eby says he’s willing to wade into city council decisions on homeless shelters — even if that means angering local politicians along the way.
“I was doing things entirely backwards: It’s much better to provide information to councils before the vote, so they’re making a fully informed vote, rather than after the vote,” said Eby, hours before the City of Penticton unanimously rejected an application by B.C. Housing to extend its permit for a homeless shelter located in the centre of the Okanagan city.
That was despite council previously assuring him it would grant the extension, according to Eby.