The new round of shelter openings began yesterday, starting with the first one in my neighbourhood. I hope this will mean that people no longer have to sleep on the strip of grass behind my back fence — and according to Councillor Kerry Jang, that’s the response from local business people he talked to, as per my story in the Globe today.
I’m expecting there to be community opposition to this, as I’ve been getting copious emails from the local neighbourhood group that is unhappy about the planned 100-bed social-housing project in the same block.
I’ve been hearing for weeks about the negotiations for these shelter spaces and couldn’t understand why it was taking so long. Kerry explained to me yesterday that it’s because the new shelters are not on city property, but are all being leased from private landowners and so there are more issues to resolve. The other three shelters are expected early to mid January.