LETTER: Modular housing could fit need of homeless

It strikes me that this tent city issue/problem is not going away any time soon. Potential locations for homeless shelters have been suggested at the old Mayfair Lanes site for “modular housing” and the old Emily Carr library branch modified for housing. Modular homes are relatively expensive and renovation costs are at all time highs.

The “campers” seem to prefer the location at Regina Park. This site has no park like amenities and could only be considered as open green space.

Perhaps a solution would be to place shipping containers modified for habitation with a lockable door and a window and basic needs such as a bed platform, table and two chairs fabricated from steel. They would provide a transition from tent life to a more protected environment. The containers are relatively fireproof and vandal proof. Solar lighting could be added.

An 8×20 container could be divided in two with a fireproof wall. A modular toilet/washroom could be placed at the site along with port-a-johns for sanitation. A unit could be set up as a first aid station and to distribute basic needs such as personal products, coffee, information, tiny library, etc. perhaps manned by volunteers. Surplus paint could be provided to enhance the exteriors and interiors, where some residents may express their artistic side and provide a sense of community and self esteem. The residents may even be inspired to perform basic landscape chores and even create a communal vegetable garden.

Providing this type of relatively low-cost accommodation may create a starting point to a more stable lifestyle for the people in that situation. Any site selected for this type of purpose will no doubt receive an outcry from the local residents. Saanich council will have to decide where is best.

Steve Corner

Saanich

Just Posted

BC Hydro to offer sale of Kings Road land to Saanich

Preserving land as park ‘a no-brainer,’ says neighbour

Victoria UnWined helps grant wishes for children facing critical illness

UnWined Vancouver Island raises money for Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

Victoria teen with mobility issues stranded by stolen tricycle

The tricycle is described as customized light blue, three-wheeled tricycle with “white wall” tires

Saanich plants 60 trees to mark 60 years

Saanich Parks celebrates alongside National Tree Day, Sept. 26

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society unveils mural in celebration of 50th anniversary

The mural was created by Victoria’s artist-in-residence, Luke Ramsey

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Most Read