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Several tents remain at tent sites on eviction day

By Steve MacArthur Feb 26, 2024 | 1:23 PM

There’s uncertainty for some served eviction notices at various tents sites in Halifax.

Monday is the deadline the city has given those staying at sites such as Grand Parade and Victoria Park to move.

Steve Wilsack is a volunteer and has been helping the homeless through the winter, and he is not entirely sure what to expect, 101 days in. 

“I have no idea what today is going to bring us. I do know that we still have 15-20 residents that are still unhoused. I hope that today is going to be a peaceful day.”

Other options such as shelters and hotels have been extended, but not everyone is taking the offers.

Kevin is an unhoused resident, who has been at Grand Parade off and on for six months, due to renovictions.

He says he does not want to go to a shelter because of the people that run them, who he says, are not trained to take care of the unhoused.

“I’m just a regular person looking for a cheap apartment, or a roommate…whatever…rent is just too high, so here I am, living in a tent…horrible.”

The city issued the eviction notices on February 7 because they felt enough safer alternatives were available.

Five of 11 designated sites in Halifax are due to close including Saunders Park in Dartmouth, Victoria Park and Grand Parade in Halifax, and at the ballfield in Lower Sackville.

In a statement on Friday, municipal officials said about 25 of the 55 people had relocated.