“We’re seeing triple the number of people who are visibly unhoused in our community. And by visibly, I mean, clearly sheltering outdoors at night,” said Darren Caul, community safety director with the City of Kelowna.
Caul said the economy and lack of affordable housing are among the contributing factors.
“This is a situation not unique to Kelowna. I want to emphasize that,” Caul told Global News. “This is a situation that communities across our province are experiencing and it’s quite visible.”
That includes the city-designated outdoor camp along the Okanagan Rail Trail near Richter Street and Weddell Place, an area that was originally set up to accommodate some 50 people.