Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 (Halifax, NS) – The following is a municipal statement regarding homeless encampments in Dartmouth:
The Halifax Regional Municipality takes an empathy-based human rights approach to homeless encampments that recognizes the human dignity of people experiencing homelessness.
The municipality will not force the eviction of residents from homeless encampments unless and until their need for adequate housing is met.
Our response to homeless encampments is collaborative and community-based, working with partners, to find adequate housing solutions for encampment residents.
The municipality is aware of the installation, by Halifax Mutual Aid, of two temporary shelters on municipal property in Dartmouth. As per our established protocol, individuals experiencing homelessness will not be evicted while we seek to identify alternate options for adequate housing. While the installation of structures, including temporary shelters, on municipal property is not permitted without approval, the municipality aims to work with Halifax Mutual Aid to identify alternate options for those experiencing homelessness. By working together on our common goal to address homelessness we are confident that solutions can be identified in the short-term and the long-term.
The municipality makes public safety a priority for all residents, including those experiencing homelessness.
For more information on the municipality’s approach to homelessness and homeless encampments please visit our website.