LETTER: Housing, not lawsuits

I wonder why several years ago city councillors, guided by legal and financial advisers ...

I wonder why several years ago city councillors, guided by legal and financial advisers decided to fight the homeless situation using taxpayer dollars for legal and associated expenses rather than build, buy or rent an adequate number of “suitable accommodations?”

Such facilities could be staffed by, or at least jobs offered to former residents of Abbotsford’s seemingly permanent canvas encampments.

Such a practical arrangement would have invalidated repetitive legal arguments that homeless people do not have safe shelter from the elements. Time and disclosure of all related expenses will tell, but perhaps going the “suitable accommodations” route would have proven considerably less costly than the legal fight.

Tony Jones

 

 

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