Halifax no longer advises homeless people camping at Grand Parade to leave – Halifax

The Halifax Regional Municipality says it is no longer advising all homeless people living in tents on a downtown military parade ground to leave.

Instead, the municipality says it will impose a limit of eight tents during the Grand Parade.

The city released its new policy today, five days after saying all people camping in the square should leave because possible snow removal operations would make the area unsafe.

There are about 15 tents occupied by about 20 people during the Grand Parade.

In October, the Halifax Regional Municipality designated the town square, along with 10 other sites around the city, as a tent zone for people experiencing homelessness.

Halifax says its goal is to reduce the number of tents in Grand Parade and encourage people living there to move to indoor locations, such as a recently opened emergency shelter in Dartmouth.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 22, 2023.

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