BC Hydro called out bailiffs to serve eviction notice at latest homeless camp.
The eviction deadline for a couple of dozen homeless people living in a camp along Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford has come and gone.
So far no one has enforced BC Hydro’s eviction notice but some people are packing up and leaving.
BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott says bailiffs were called out to help serve the eviction notices.
“If we don’t see movement after the last notices have been issued, we would defer to the Abbotsford police.”
She says Hydro officials hope the homeless move into the housing they’ve tried to arrange for them.
Hydro served notices earlier this month, saying the camp was too close to a rail line and electrical equipment.
Many in Abbotsford skeptical of Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.
Homeless advocate Ward Draper with 5 and 2 Ministry calls this another step in the “Abbotsford Shuffle,” which started with the city dumping chicken manure last year.
“We’ve seen about 13 months of this on-going, intense intentional movement from this location. It is interesting that BC Hydro has now been dragged into this.”
Draper says he doesn’t know what’s next but says he has little confidence in the Task Force on Homelessness the Mayor has put together.
This is the fourth time Melanie Konkin has had to move in ten months she has been homeless in Abbotsford.
And like many here, she doesn’t know where she is going now.
“I’m thinking maybe Saskatoon? If I head there, I might get there by September 1st.”
Konkin’s take on the Mayor’s task force on homelessness is simple: “I feel like the mayor is an idiot. Sorry, but I had to say it. I don’t care. He is an idiot.’
She says her profession before this was building operations, until she was injured and ended up broke and on drugs.
“Nobody deserves to live in a tent. Nobody deserves to live on a railway right of way.”
Meanwhile, Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman admits the so-called shuffle is frustrating, adding “there has got to be better solutions than this.”
His task force is expected to report back with ideas by September.