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Emergency shelter idea from Campbell River being researched in Courtenay

Courtenay council has directed staff to report back with information about a 'Cargotecture' concept of retrofitted shipping units that are providing emergency shelter to homeless individuals in Campbell River.

The 40-foot container provides temporary lodging for 16 people from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Heated rooms contain a reading lamp, smoke detector, a handicapped-accessible washroom, hot water and two beds. There is also office space for two staff members.

The units have been used to house flood victims in High River, Alta.

Mayor Larry Jangula described the project as a "wet shelter" that can house difficult individuals who might be intoxicated or high on drugs. He wants to keep the doors open, suggesting the concept could be implemented locally.

Coun. Ronna-Rae Leonard notes the Comox Valley has an Extreme Weather Protocol that provides extra beds at the Pidcock House emergency shelter.

"We do have something in place," she said. "We do have problems in our shelter. To me, the issue is to find a solution for emergency shelters."

Coun. Starr Winchester said the project could be a temporary solution that would not be placed in a residential neighbourhood.

"This is not the silver bullet that will solve the problem," Jangula said.

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Council adopted the Arden Corridor Local Area Plan bylaw, designed to provide guidance on land use and to help shape future growth on the western boundary of the city. The boundaries include both sides of Arden Road from the Comox Valley Parkway to about Bood Road.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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