Municipal statement about potential designated encampment locations

HRM release:

On July 9, Regional Council approved the following list of nine potential designated locations:

  • Bayers Road Windsor Street Park (Halifax)
  • BiHi Park (Halifax)
  • Bisset Road (Dartmouth)
  • Chain Lake Park (Halifax)
  • Cogswell Park (Halifax)
  • Geary Street Green Space (Dartmouth)
  • Glebe Street Park (Halifax)
  • Halifax Common (berm) (Halifax)
  • Point Pleasant Park (Halifax)

These locations are not currently designated for sleeping rough. If any of these sites are opened as designated locations, that information will be shared publicly, including the specific section or area permitted for sleeping rough.

To open any of the potential designated sites, detailed site preparation will first need to be completed by municipal staff.

Locations on this list will only open after the completion of required planning. This will include preparation for supports to people sleeping rough at designated locations and mitigating potential community impacts.

The municipality has explored other options, including privately owned land and sought other space for encampments from provincial and federal governments. The municipality does not support encampments or tenting for those experiencing homelessness. The potential use of new sites is a temporary response to the homelessness crisis. This list will allow the municipality to adjust to the changing levels of demand. If any sites are opened as designated locations, it would be a temporary measure until appropriate sheltering and housing options become available from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Municipal staff continue to regularly visit the existing four designated locations to ensure the services are adequate and to mitigate issues where possible. Municipal staff will also continue coordinating with the Province of Nova Scotia and their service providers to ensure those experiencing homelessness have access to the support they need.

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