More than six months after a tent city outside Victoria’s courthouse was dismantled by court order, the homeless community is growing in another part of town, not far away.
So far it’s just a dozen or so people camping in the park just north of where the float planes land, but they want the public to know more help is needed.
One of those people is Roland Hanna, who says they need a place to call their own.
“A storage system would work or a permanent location where we can set camps and not have to take them down. Where our stuff is properly protected and expected to be there and allowed.”
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Another tent city resident Suela Velazquez says they’re lucky they have a place to live after a year and a half on the street.
She says she knows firsthand that climbing the hurdles to get help can seem insurmountable.
“The reality is that a lot of these programs meant to house the homeless are often obscured, and complicated, and hard for many of the population to access.”
Just before the tent city came down the province bought a downtown building with 140 supportive housing units.
Both Hanna and Velazquez says more are needed, especially for those without severe mental or addiction issues.