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Halifax is considering designating more camps as current camps exceed their capacity

Halifax is considering designating more camps as current camps exceed their capacity

A number of new camps could be coming to the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The council will decide Tuesday whether to add five more sites. The highest priority sites being considered are Cogswell Park, Glebe Street Park and the berm on the Halifax Commons at the corner of North Park Street and Cogswell Street, as well as two sites in Dartmouth at Farrell Street Park and Starr Park.

According to HRM, there were 1,316 homeless people in the region on June 25. It is estimated that around 150 people are sleeping on the streets in urban areas.

The four currently designated camps have 88 tents or structures in sites that HRM says are only suitable for 30.

While waiting for additional resources from the province, such as pallet shelters and tiny homes, the city will designate another location in Dartmouth at the corner of Bancroft Lane and Marketplace Drive.

The location is expected to be ready in September or October.

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