City Council approved a six-month permit for a homeless shelter at the Old Hardy View Lodge at a special meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Mayor Brian Taylor and councillors Christine Thompson and Christopher Moslin voted to approve the permit, against councillors Neil Krog and Zak Eburne-Stoodley.
The permit temporarily suspends zoning bylaws that currently don’t allow for a neighbourhood shelter.
BC Housing will fund the shelter at the Old Hardy View Lodge, which will be staffed 24/7 by Boundary Family Services (BFS).
Around 60 Grand Forks residents gave written feedback to council, according to a staff report attached to Tuesday’s agenda. Around two-thirds of respondents said they didn’t want to see an area winter shelter for homeless people, citing concerns about crime and neighbourhood safety.
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