Campbell River did something really good last winter.
It installed a homeless shelter to protect those that needed shelter from the cold. We have just learned that this shelter is to be removed soon as it was just a “trial run.” Well, I think that the trial run was a success and cannot see why we would not continue to fund such a good program. It provided a humane solution to some of Campbell River’s most unfortunate citizens. Do we want homeless people have nowhere to sleep during the tourist season? Do we not care what happens to our citizens? What do we plan to do next winter? Bring another shelter in? Why bring another when the one we have serves quite well? What is holding us back from keeping the shelter year round? It didn’t seem to cost too much. Could the funds not be found?
I for one, would be happy to make a donation to help keep this shelter open. Perhaps the city should try a fundraiser to help those who are in need if they cannot fund this from the budget. These are unfortunate citizens who need hand. Can we not give them such a basic necessity?