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Letter: Designate place for homeless

By Christine Nulph , VANCOUVER
Published: November 18, 2023, 6:00am

Instead of Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declaring 48 acres of city land off limits to homeless camping, how about designating 48 acres of city land somewhere as the only place where homeless camping is allowed? This idea would solve so many problems and would also eliminate the need for the ever-increasing homeless industrial complex. A place like Leverich Park could be used until a permanent camping site could be arranged by the city. Bathrooms, garbage cans, police patrols and other services would be easier to provide to the homeless. Vancouver taxpayers as well as the homeless would be better served by a plan like this.

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