A tent city is growing in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue as measures to create social distance in response to COVID-19 means more of the city’s homeless people are being forced back onto the streets.

“There are way too many people right now in the 900-block of Pandora. It’s not safe in terms of social distancing,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps during a news conference on Monday.

The City of Victoria, along with Island Health, BC Housing, the Coalition to End Homelessness and the Dandelion Society, has started phase one of its plan to try to address the issue. People on the streets will now have three parks where they can set up a temporary shelter and have access to washrooms and medical advice.