Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Reviews Plans for Cabin Village for Homeless Residents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Abbotsford Reviews Plans for Cabin Village for Homeless Residents

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Abbotsford mulls cabin village for the homeless

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The City of Abbotsford is taking another look at a plan to house the homeless in a village of tiny cabins.

City officials brushed off the idea when it was first proposed several years ago, but Jeff Gruban with the Abbotsford Dignitarian Society said attitudes are changing.

"We've applied for a temporary-use permit which gives us the legal authority to set up those cabins. That application is before the city and they are reviewing it," he said.

The change was likely prompted by overflowing shelters and a B.C. Supreme Court decision allowing the homeless to sleep in parks overnight if no shelter spaces are available, said Gruban.

He's confident he can win the support of housing and health authorities, as well as the homeless, themselves.

"We have three people who are currently homeless on our board of directors. …

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