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Halifax approves nine new designated homeless sites as existing space fills up

Halifax approves nine new designated homeless sites as existing space fills up

HALIFAX — Halifax has approved nine new locations that will be used as tent camps for the homeless as the city grapples with a housing crisis and a growing homeless population.

HALIFAX — Halifax has approved nine new locations that will be used as tent camps for the homeless as the city grapples with a housing crisis and a growing homeless population.

Bill Moore, director of the city’s community safety department, said Tuesday at Halifax City Hall that more than 85 people are present in the four green spaces the city has currently designated as homeless shelters.

According to Moore, the nine new locations will act as a “pressure relief” as the currently designated areas have reached capacity.

The nine new sites are located across the Halifax Peninsula, including Bayers Road Windsor Street Park, BiHi Park, Chain Lake Park, Cogswell Park, Glebe Street Park, Halifax Common berm and Point Pleasant Park.

Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Bissett Road Park and the Geary Street green space were designated as designated sites.

All locations were chosen for their proximity to public transport and other amenities, and for their distance to schools, parks, gardens or culturally sensitive areas.

In February, Halifax asked homeless people to leave Victoria Park and four other previously permitted encampments, including the one in front of City Hall.

The homeless list in Halifax has grown to 1,316 people.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2024.

The Canadian Press