Burnside residents say they face ‘inevitable ghettoization’


WATCH: Some members of Victoria’s Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood say they’ve had enough. They’re concerned about the number of transient people there. They say it’s changed their neighbourhood and they’re saying no more to supportive housing. Calvin To reports. 

A group of Burnside Gorge residents say they are tired of fighting government to save their neighbourhood and advocate for homeless solutions.

The community group called Plan B. BGC said in a media release the community accounts for seven per cent of Victoria’s population, but 77 per cent of shelter beds and 36 per cent of are in the community.

The group says they are concerned the neighbourhood faces an ‘inevitable ghettoization’.

The longtime resident group has started a campaign to highlight what they call ‘the decades-long fight to realize Burnside-Gorge?s potential as a business, industrial and residential gem’.

They plan to respond Wednesday to the latest rezoning proposal for Cool-Aid to run the former Tally-Ho.

The rezoning plan is to turn Tally-Ho into 52 units of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals with mental health or substance use issues.

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