Where will the homeless stay until we see some of this new housing? Unlike many other cities Nanaimo does not have a Cold Wet Weather Strategy and has opted for an extreme weather strategy instead. The former would have extra bed space, accessed between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am, opening up during the months from October through April. The latter simply sees emergency beds opening up when the temperature drops below minus 5 degrees Celsius. Hardly adequate for the homeless, expecting them to stay outdoors, when almost everyone would agree and many would bitch about how crappy the weather can be when it is cold and raining. Certainly not out of the ordinary for Nanaimo.
More needs to be done immediately so talk to prospective candidates and once the election is over continue the push to see some form of redress to the fact that many will have to suffer unnecessarily while the majority of us sit in relative comfort and warmth.
Province boosts city housing plan with cash
Homeless plan deserves the public's support
Housing plan gets kickstart