Downtown Service Provider's Speak Out In Favour Of Super InTent City

Letter to BC's Attorney General

Sixteen agencies that provide services to marginalized residents in downtown Victoria have asked the B.C. attorney general to “take no steps to dismantle” the tent city at the Victoria courthouse lawn until “reasonable and sustainable shelter alternatives” are established.

The letter sent Thursday to Suzanne Anton was signed by Kathy Stinson, executive director of the Victoria Cool Aid Society, who is chairwoman of the Downtown Service Providers Committee that includes Our Place Society, Together Against Poverty Society, Action Committee of People with Disabilities, Dandelion Society, the Committee to End Homelessness and the Community Social Planning Council.

Having so many agencies sign indicates the lack of resources to help the residents of tent city if they are evicted, said Stephen Portman, lead advocate of TAPS.

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