A group of local residents are set to protest the shelters this weekend, saying they fear for their safety, while those living in the buildings say they are being discriminated against.

Melanie Ward launched a Facebook group three weeks ago to discuss issues in the neighbourhood. Thousands have flocked to the page to detail a litany of concerns, from excess needle waste to public defecation to assaults, break-ins and thefts.

They cite the location of the shelters — two apartment buildings and a nearby hotel — as problematic because they are near schools, daycares and other businesses.