Prince Rupert will be getting some short-term and long-term help to assist the city’s homeless.
Cheers erupted at Tuesday night’s city council meeting as North Coast NDP MLA Jennifer Rice announced the province will be providing 44 modular housing units.
The city will provide the land for the units and the North Coast Transition Society will operate and provide services. The modular housing will arrive this winter and be ready for spring.
In the short-term, Rice says the province, in conjunction with the City of Prince Rupert and other partners, has committed to funding an emergency shelter to help those on the streets as soon as possible.
Rice says all the pieces are in place to open the winter shelter, with the exception of a building.
While Rice says she doesn’t endorse tent cities, she thinks the demonstration that sprung up outside Prince Rupert City Hall last week has put a human face on the issue of homelessness.
It’s hoped the emergency shelter will be ready within the next few weeks.