UPDATED: Province does not approve Qualicum Beach cold weather shelter

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BC Housing notified the town of Qualicum Beach it will not proceed with the use of airport land for a temporary cold weather shelter.

After BC housing staff looked at the location, it was decided not to proceed.

“Housing for people experiencing homelessness needs to meet people where they are at, providing connection to the resources that people need to work towards living a healthy, stable life,” reads a news release from the town.

“Access to community services is key for people without homes, but so is feeling part of a neighbourhood. With a remote site, there is no access to services, no regular transit access and no integration with the community, which is essential for people who are working towards a healthy, stable life.”

Town council announced  late last month a directive to engage the province for use of the south airport lands for a period of six months past the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, for a temporary, all-day cold weather shelter, to aid a maximum of 15 individuals.

“We will continue to collaborate with our partnering municipalities to find suitable lands in the Oceanside region to temporarily house our most vulnerable community members during these unprecedented time,” reads a news release from the town.

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