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Temporary shelter staying on

Campbell River’s homeless population are going to continue to have a warm place to sleep in the downtown for a bit longer, the temporary shelter on Dogwood St. is staying for an extra month.

Paul Mason, program manager for the Campbell River Housing Resource Center, says City Council granted the extension till the end of April. He says the success of the shelter has been a good thing for everybody.

“I received some statistics from the RCMP and the shelter has reduced the number of calls to the detachment into the downtown area by over 50 per cent which is fantastic,” says Mason.

Masons says there continues to be a demand for the beds in the shelter that is a converted shipping container.

“We have had over 1,900 bed uses since the shelter opened November first, and we are averaging around 10 to 11 people a night,” says Mason.

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