Vancouver Island homeless camp being evicted

Clean-up of site began Tuesday morning

NOTE: This article has been edited to reflect that the camping area was NOT on the former Field Sawmill site, which is part of the Kus-kus-sum restoration project. The campers were on land adjacent to Hollyhock Conservation Area, next to the Field Sawmill site. The camp was on land owned by the City of Courtenay, located at the site of the sewage Pump Station operated by the Comox Valley Regional District. The Kus-kus-sum restoration project had nothing at all to do with the eviction of the campers.

***

The “tent city” on land adjacent to Hollyhock Conservation Area in Courtenay is in the midst of eviction.

According to a notice served earlier in the month, the campers had until 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to vacate the premises.

READ ALSO: Homeless encampment vacated

Andrea Cupelli, co-ordinator for the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness was onsite Monday morning, assisting those affected by the eviction notice.

“The coalition has a homelessness response team … so we are here to help the residents of the camp with their belongings and moving them to wherever it is that they need to go,” she said. “We are offering them outreach services, applications to BC Housing, basically any services we can offer them.”

The recent opening of The Junction, a supportive housing project in Courtenay, helped place 46 people in need, but the numbers are greater than the facilities available.

The 2018 Point in Time count identified 117 homeless people in the Comox Valley, but Cupelli said that number is likely outdated now.

“Forty-six people are now living at the Junction, but I believe that number [of homeless] hasn’t gone down as much as we think it has,” she said. “There are about 20 to 30 people who have been living at this encampment site.”

Cupelli said the Comox Valley needs another two “Junction-style” facilities in order to come close to eradicating homelessness in the community.

“I honestly think we need at least another two [such facilities],” she said. “The coalition will be advocating for more supportive housing in our community.”

As for the campers at the Field site, Cupelli said they are co-operating.

“They are obviously upset, and a lot of folks aren’t sure where they are going next, but they have been really co-operative and things have been very peaceful.”

The City will initiate clean-up of the site Tuesday morning.



terry.farrell@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

What does Ladysmith think about the increase in property taxes?

We asked Ladysmith residents how they feel about this year’s tax hike

Old police station development going ahead as “mixed-use” site

Fred Green hosted the second public consultation on what should be done about the decrepit building

LSS students ready to compete at district wide robotics competition

Students will showcase their engineering savvy with VEX robotics

Ladysmith hikes property taxes by 3.4 percent

Council approves 2019 budget that reflects the rising cost of materials and services

B.C. man’s failed bid to bar People’s Party name from byelection ends in $20k order

Federal judge shut down ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of party name in Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Most Read