Penticton council will discuss the provincial government's overruling of their decision to close a local homeless shelter at special meeting

Council to discuss shelter

Penticton city council will hold a special meeting outside of its usual schedule Tuesday, with the aim of discussing how to proceed after the provincial government overrode its decision to shut down the Victory Church emergency homeless shelter.

BC Housing sent official correspondence to the city after Minister of Housing David Eby announced last week that his government would be using its paramountcy powers.

"I am writing to confirm BC Housing's intention to continue to operate the 42-bed emergency shelter located at [352 Winnipeg Street], notwithstanding the recent decision of Penticton city council not to renew [its] Temporary Use Permit," reads the letter.

"BC Housing, as a Crown corporation, is required to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the 42 individuals who are currently staying at the shelter continue to receive the appropriate care and supports, and do not end up living in unsafe situations subject to the adverse health and social impacts that their being forced out of the shelter would entail."

At Tuesday's special meeting, council will discuss the letter in an electronic round table via Zoom, and hear from the public in an open question period.

The meeting starts at 12 p.m., and the Zoom link or dial-in for the public to watch and participate will be found here when the time comes.

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