NEWS BULLETIN file photo Police make an arrest at 250 Terminal Ave. last month.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Residents need council to fix supportive housing problems

Supportive housing has come with increased crime and impact on neighbourhoods, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Supportive housing won’t be receiving nuisance label, Jan. 24.

I attended the Nanaimo city council meeting specifically to hear how the motion of declaring the problematic supportive housing properties located at 250 Terminal and 2020 Labieux nuisance properties would move forward.

It was laid out by the mayor that he was concerned that the City of Nanaimo’s relationship with the province would be compromised and complicate possible future funding, if they made waves and pursued the motion to move forward with declaring the properties. I could not help but think that I was watching a politician speak and not an advocate for all the people of Nanaimo.

The supportive housing has been a very hot topic over the last couple of months with the increased crime and impact on the neighbourhoods. The citizens are looking to their mayor and councillors for help because they are not getting it anywhere else.

In declaring these two sites nuisance properties, the neighbours had hoped that controls would be put in place to make the operators of these two properties accountable for the issues created by problem residents and their guests. We know that not all the residents are an issue and are just trying to make their lives better. The province has effectively set these people up to fail because not only is there the lack of detox and rehabilitation, but how do these people move forward when they have to continue to live with a criminal element.

The neighbours of these two sites are not cold-hearted individuals that want to shut down supportive housing and turn a blind eye to the needs of the residents of these facilities. But no one wants to be held responsible – not for how it is was implemented initially and certainly not how it is being operated thus far.

The people of Nanaimo do not care which group of government is responsible for what and whether the money comes from the provincial or municipal coffers, they just want to know that their elected officials care and have their best interests at heart in making their lives better.

In leaving the meeting last night it was apparent to me that the mayor and the majority of the council used a ‘battlefield triage’ mentality by sacrificing the needs of some residents for those of others. Nothing was accomplished and I feel they truly failed us.

Sandra Steward-Kobewka, Nanaimo

RELATED: City says there’s an action plan around supportive housing concerns

RELATED: Nanaimo byelection candidates address supportive housing concerns

RELATED: Nanaimo temporary supportive housing sites won’t be labelled nuisance properties

RELATED: Nanaimo council concerned about Terminal Avenue supportive housing project

To the editor,

Re: Council unhappy about Terminal Avenue troubles, Jan. 17

Another key issue Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog and the city council members ought be considering is the potential decline of property value surrounding the Terminal Avenue supportive housing site.

Imagine for a moment you are a frightened home owner living in close proximity to the Terminal Ave supportive housing complex and because of all the bad experiences that have occurred you now just need to escape by selling your property. Well good luck with that idea as one of the first experiences a potential buyer would likely come face to face with is the eyesore support housing complex and second the massive controversy surrounding it.

Any real estate agent with integrity would be disclosing the negative troubles and potential dangers surrounding the supportive housing.

In addition, any selling features that Maffeo Sutton Park may have had to offer would quickly be compromised if the potential buyer were to find out that a local Nanaimo man was unable to go to the park without an addict trying to accost his daughter.

It is obvious home owners in this area were not considered first when the provincial goverment was permitted to bypass Nanaimo city zoning rules. Double standards never work.

Yes, help those in need, but not at the expense of tax paying citizens.

Dwight Lobson, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Province shows how not to handle homelessness

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

100 squares of artwork will be exhibited at Gabriola show

More than 90 artists submitted 12-by-12 inch pieces to Squared Art Show starting Feb. 22

Nanaimo students win award for space solutions project

Students wait to see if they will go to California on the strength of their project

Web poll: What’s the right weekend to have Family Day?

Do you prefer this new Family Day weekend, or how it was before?

Genealogy exploration can uncover unexpected connections

Kathy Jones will present Beginning with Genealogy as first ElderCollege talk Feb. 23 in Nanoose

Nanaimo city councillor looks at alternative to plastic bag ban

Coun. Jim Turley says there is a market for items made from recycled bags

Nanaimo students win award for space solutions project

Students wait to see if they will go to California on the strength of their project

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Kidney Foundation trying to keep patients warm this winter

Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Warm the Sole campaign takes chill off dialysis treatments

Most Read