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Concern over homeless

A West Kelowna Church and two schools have new neighbours living in tents, just down the road.

At least five people are living in tents on Emmanuel Church's property, right beside Highway 97 and Glen Canyon Regional Park.

Three tents and several dogs are visible from the highway, tucked behind the trails.

The lead pastor at Emmanuel Church said they are aware of the people living on their property.

“We haven’t traditionally policed down in the gully areas because for many years homeless have lived down there,” said Jeff Bjorgan. “Certainly, if there are concerns from the neighbours we will investigate and tell the people living down there to remove themselves from the premises”

A Castanet reader said he was concerned about how close the people were living to the school.

“This is a long-term problem,” said Bjorgan. “It’s not new that people have been living in the Glen Canyon area.

Bjorgan added there is a homeless situation on the West Side and “we need to learn how to deal with it.”

“When we tell them to leave our property they will find another piece of property to live on.”

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