Housing Minister Rich Coleman says province can house every tent city resident who is legitimately homeless
Today the provincial government applied for an injunction to end the camp on the Victoria courthouse lawn.
It’s filing 69 affidavits in support of its application to evict residents.
It’s the latest installation at tent city, a temporary power pole in the courthouse parking lot.
Tent city supporter Christine Brett says the facilities are overrun.
“They are putting in power for the bathrooms, and shower trailer that are coming in.
They are former camp showers and camp toilets.
They are coming, apparently, from Prince George.”
As workers prepare for the facilities, a suspect from tent city is taken down by Victoria Police.
The increasing levels of crime and violence in and around tent city, along with growing fire safety concerns, are behind B.C.’s Housing Minister Rich Coleman’s application to seek another injunction.
“I think we have a stronger set of information with regards to this particular situation.
We have criminal statistics from the City of Victoria Police Department.
As well as we have non compliance with a significant order with regards to fire protection and fire safety on the site.
There are more then 100 people living at tent city, and Coleman says the province has enough homes for everyone.
It’s already moved 194 people out into transitional housing, and 22 into permanent housing.
“And I can tell you that whoever is living down there today who is legitimately homeless, can have a home.
Because we have the inventory because we’ve been in the market purchasing or optioning so we’re in a position to house people as we complete this application.”
As work continues on putting in electricity and showers, residents may not get to enjoy it for long.
The injunction hearing in BC Supreme Court is set for June 27 and 28.