A local pastor is standing his ground after complaints were lodged with the city’s bylaw office over tents on church property, which are meant to operate as a homeless shelter.

In an email to Global News Radio 980 CFPL, the city’s head bylaw officer, Orest Katolyk, confirmed there have been at least five complaints.

“Several of the concerns raised focus on the safety of the tents,” he wrote.

Pastor Dan Morand of Beth Emanuel Church on Grey Street is not deterred, however, and is moving ahead with plans to help 15 to 20 homeless men transition to work, education, rehab programs, or any other forward momentum plan.