Homeless encampment springs up on lawn of Nanaimo City Hall
Tents were set up in front of Nanaimo City Hall after the city lost its chance at $7-million in provincial funding for social housing. March 12, 2018. (Twitter/@Alexandriandria)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:25AM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:45AM PDT
Officials in Nanaimo are keeping a very close eye on a tent encampment that was set up yesterday at city hall.
Karen Fry, the city's fire chief and acting director of public safety, says camping at the site is illegal and residents have been told that campfires will not be allowed.
Community activist Amanda Orum says word of the tent city is spreading among residents of existing encampments around Nanaimo.
She says campers are extremely disappointed that Nanaimo lost the chance for $7-million in provincial funding for social housing because city officials were unable to identify a site that was properly zoned and had neighbourhood support.