The mayor is acknowledging renewed concerns about homelessness and people living outdoors in Timmins, while cautioning that sensitivity is needed when working out a solution.
Kristin Murray issued a statement about the concerns, specifically the encampment under the Algonquin Blvd. underpass.
She says City Hall is working with police on clean-up and garbage collection, while public works and by-law departments offer support.
The mayor adds that the city is working with public service agencies on a long-term solution, so that the vagrants and the general public are all protected.
STATEMENT FROM THE MAYOR
We know that residents are concerned about vagrancy, specifically along Algonquin Blvd. E. at the underpass, and want to assure you that we are also concerned.
We have worked with Timmins Police Service on clean-up and waste collection and will continue to provide support from both our Public Works and By-law Departments. Please understand that this is both a short-term and temporary solution that solves the immediate problem. The City is also committed to helping find a long-term solution so that our most vulnerable are supported, while the area is kept accessible and safe for residents.
We continue to work with public service agencies who are providing consistent outreach, often every day, to help address the human element. Ultimately, we are talking about people who are experiencing homelessness with possible mental health and addiction concerns. A level of sensitivity is required to any proposed solution.
We will continue to listen to your feedback and provide updates as they are available.
Mayor Kristin Murray, City of Timmins