“Tents are not a solution to homelessness, housing with supports is the solution,” said Sue Wheeler, social development manager.

“While we have more than 100 units of housing scheduled to open in the spring, we are continuing to work with the Province, our community partners and those with lived experience to try and secure supports and an adequate number of overnight shelter beds to accommodate people currently sleeping outside.”

In BC, law specifies that when there’s insufficient housing and shelter space for people experiencing homelessness, a municipality can’t prohibit all parks and public spaces from being used for temporary overnight sheltering.