The City of Victoria will resume booking hotel and motel rooms people who are homeless and sheltering in city parks.
A motion passed on Thursday evening will draw on “unspent” funds from $300,000 in previously approved COVID-19 response funding.
In addition to booking hotels, the City will maintain access to hygiene for people currently sheltering outdoors, including handwashing facilities and washrooms in proximity to the “authorized outdoor sheltering locations on a 24-hour basis.”
The City will also maintain the funding for shower facilities at Our Place Society.
Mayor Lisa Helps will be writing to Premier John Horgan “reiterating the City of Victoria’s request that the Government of B.C. mobilize sufficient resources to offer housing with appropriate social care and health care to all unhoused people in the Capital Region.”