December 6, 2019
City hall has dismissed several complaints against a plan to house homeless men in tents outside a downtown-area church this winter, says the pastor behind the proposal.
“We are very pleased it came to be resolved,” said Dan Morand, senior pastor at Beth Emmanuel Church in the SoHo neighbourhood and founder of the Urban Haven Project.
“We knew it would . . . we weren’t really concerned with getting five complaints in a city of 300-plus thousand.”
City staff last week confirmed complaints had been made about the project after the Grey Street church, which last year was opening its doors to shelter people, announced plans to erect two tents and use them to house 20 men during the winter.