A homeless advocate is slamming B.C.’s Housing Minister over comments the government has addressed the housing problems for former residents of Victoria’s tent city.
Chrissy Brett, who also lived in the tent city, says Minister Rich Coleman’s math is off.
“Between the Johnston Street facility and the Super 8 that’s due to be open in the fall… I’m not good at math, but 147 plus 60 makes 200, not 300.”
“How am I supposed to trust a politician who can’t even add?”
Brett says temporary shelters and housing are not the same.
“I think that Rich Coleman says it like that because it sounds good, not because it’s reality.”
The Housing Minister had said 300 people previously living on the courthouse lawn were either offered or accepted housing.
The last remaining campers were asked to leave Friday.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says the Super 8 Motel will be converted into permanent housing but gave no time frame.
“I think the province will start on that one after tent city site is remediated and the Johnston Street site is fully up.”
CKNW has reached out to the Minister for comment.