Hot off the heels of Camp Namegans third eviction comes Saanich’s offer of municipal land and modular supportive housing.

The area, located on Vernon Ave. just north of Saanich Fire Hall #1, will be open for those experiencing homelessness.

Currently, B.C. Housing is wrapping up surveying work of the site.

“We’re hopeful that by providing this land, we’re moving in the right direction to secure housing and satisfy some of the need for housing in the region,” said Paul Thorkelsson, Chief Administrative Officer.

In addition to the modular homes, temporary overnight sheltering (with some restrictions) is available in 102 Saanich parks, from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

A hygiene station and storage facility have also been established at the Municipal Hall at 770 Vernon Ave., and will remain open for those who may need overnight services.

Modular buildings are prefabricated structures that are constructed away from the building site and then delivered after completion. Most modular buildings are comprised of repeated identical sections called “modules”.

Saanich has not determined how many modules will be available at this time.

“Saanich staff and Council remain committed to a compassionate and dignified approach to providing support for people experiencing homelessness in our community,” said Thorkelsson.

On Monday, BC Housing announced 25 shelter beds at the Native Friendship Centre will open up Oct. 1st every night until the end of March. This shelter was only used if an extreme weather alert had been issued.

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