The B.C. government has purchased the Comfort Inn and Suites in Victoria for $18.5 million to provide temporary shelter with supports for 65 people living in homeless camps at Topaz Park and Pandora Avenue.

The long-term plan is to redevelop the site at 3020 Blanshard St. to provide affordable housing.

Social Development Minister Shane Simpson said the purchase means the province now has all the spaces it needs to evacuate the Pandora and Topaz camps by May 20.