Vic­to­ria’s court­house campers move to shel­ter

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

VIC­TO­RIA — Al­most half of the home­less peo­ple who built a tent vil­lage last year on the lawn of the Vic­to­ria Law Courts are mov­ing in­doors. Vic­to­ria Mayor Lisa Helps says 40 of the 110 peo­ple camp­ing at the court house grounds are vol­un­tar­ily mov­ing to a shel­ter fa­cil­ity funded by the Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment, the City of Vic­to­ria and the United Way. Helps says the $500,000 shel­ter project in­cludes in­door tents for pri­vacy and three meals a day. Vic­to­ria has been wrest­ing with the is­sue of home­less peo­ple camp­ing since a 2008 court rul­ing al­lowed peo­ple to pitch their tents in city parks when shel­ters are full.

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