City councillors in Abbotsford are set to debate a new set of bylaws on Monday night surrounding homeless people camping in public parks after the old ones were deemed unconstitutional.
A homeless person would be able to set up a temporary shelter on park land, but only if there is no accessible shelter within the city, and even then, only between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 a.m.
The bylaws would also forbid homeless people from camping in washrooms, picnic shelters, playgrounds or pools, skate parks, tennis courts or dugouts.
The city’s first 40-bed temporary shelter was opened in December, and has been almost full.
Last week, however, Mayor Henry Braun noted at least nine of the people using the shelter have now found permanent housing.