The Ksan Housing Society wants to move its damp shelter into a new facility in downtown Terrace.
But that proposed move is meeting opposition from some quarters.
A petition has been passed around businesses in the downtown area opposing Ksan’s rezoning application in order to set up a shelter in the building.
No name or contact information was attached to the petition itself.
The petition asks people to attend an April 11th city council meeting where the rezoning application will be discussed to voice their opposition.
It also raises concerns that the shelter will attract more homeless and intoxicated people to the downtown area, and the negative impact it will have on tourism.
Amanda Bains is the Executive Director of the Ksan Housing Society, and she says a shelter would have the exact opposite effect.
She says the new facility would operate exactly as the former one, with the same number of beds and hours.
Currently the 20 bed facility is only open during the winters months or during extreme weather situations, and only in the evenings.
But she says the new building would be larger, and they could expand their services if funding became available.
City council will consider the Ksan Housing Society’s rezoning request at the April 11th council meeting.