Update on Temporary Sheltering Areas

Mayor and Council recently approved an action plan [PDF - 4.7 MB] addressing the needs of people without housing, and reducing impacts arising from sheltering activities in City parks (webcast available here, item 7).

The action plan proposes that the City facilitate alternative temporary housing options, as it will take several years to build an adequate supply of permanent housing. Two alternatives the City may facilitate are a designated temporary sheltering area, and a micro-housing village.

A status update report on the action plan was presented to City Council on July 16. (Watch the archived webcast here, item 5).

At a Special Council Meeting on August 5, Council approved the following motion:

  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council directs staff to consult the public on options for all forms of sheltering before Council considers any proposal for a temporary designated tenting area or tent city in any park.

  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council requests that staff consider forming a time-limited working group to receive advice on implementation of the Action Plan on Housing Supports and City Services for Sheltering in City Parks, engaging street-involved people, neighbourhood representatives and people with expertise in the fields of social services, housing and community development.

Watch the archived webcast of that meeting.

Members of the public are invited to a workshop on sheltering that will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 p.m  – 8:30 p.m. at the Crystal Garden.