A homeless woman living at a Vancouver Island campground with nearly three dozen others says vulnerable people aren’t getting support from their families because officials have locked the gates to the public.
Chrissy Brett is one of 34 people who moved a week ago to Goldstream Provincial Park in Langford, B.C., after being ousted from another park in nearby Saanich following a successful court injunction by that city.
Brett says a pastor who tried to take two disabled people among the group to their regular church service was barred from entering on the weekend and the homeless must sign in and out of the park.
Officials have said the park gates were closed due to safety concerns but Brett says neighbours should be allowed in so they can get to know the homeless as regular people dealing with the housing crisis that is affecting so many British Columbians.
Brett is calling on Mayor Stewart Young of Langford to work on finding them interim housing before modular housing promised by the province is available well into the future.
The Housing Ministry says Young is expected to make a conference call to provincial officials this afternoon.