Homeless campers in Victoria reject B.C.'s offer of alternate shelter

VICTORIA - Dozens of homeless people camping at Victoria's Law Courts are vowing to stay despite the B.C. government's offer of alternate shelter.

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More than 80 people sleeping in what they're calling Super InTent City say they will reject plans to break up a self-sustainable community and that a lack of affordable housing is a big issue.

The B.C. government owns the courthouse land, and the province has sent campers a letter saying the growing number of people at the site has created health and safety concerns.

Camp supporter Ashley Mollison says the government is attempting to impose a one-size-fits-all solution on the homeless without addressing the diverse needs at the camp.

Last week, the province and the City of Victoria opened a shelter for 40 of the campers that included indoor tents, meals and supports.

Victoria has been wresting with the homeless issue since a 2008 court ruling allowed people to pitch their tents in city parks when shelters are full.



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