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A short-term winter shelter could be announced Tuesday

Shelter for homeless?

Some good news for those forced to live rough in Kelowna could be coming Tuesday.

At the conclusion of Monday's city council meeting, Mayor Colin Basran told his council colleagues an announcement concerning the city's attempts to find shelter for those living homeless will be made Tuesday.

The announcement comes a week after the city shut down the growing tent city on Leon Avenue and relocated those living outside to two parks in the north end.

"We know this is not an ideal situation for anyone. Our overall goal continues to be securing additional, suitable, long-term housing with supports through BC Housing and the provincial and federal governments," said Basran.

"In the interim, our focus is to find indoor accommodation to eliminate the need for anyone having to sleep outside during the winter months.

"An announcement will be made tomorrow, which will address some of those concerns."

While he wouldn't specify what the Tuesday announcement would entail, it's believed some form of cold-weather shelter has been found for some of those living at Recreation Avenue Park.

As the city waits for an indoor alternative, Basran says city hall and other agencies have been doing everything it can to provide as warm, and safe an environment as it can at the park.

These include a warming tent, , blankets, hats and mittens, outreach and health care supports and morning transportation to shuttle people to warmer sites.



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