With cash at the ready, the volunteer group Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives (CASA) needs a site to build its prototype Conestoga Hut for a Victoria resident experiencing homelessness.
The group is on the hunt for a location, specifically asking all churches in Greater Victoria if they would host a hut in a parking lot.
“Winter is here, and we feel that the community needs to step up to help shelter people living without a roof in our region,” a CASA statement reads.
The vision is to inspire more huts. They’re used across the U.S. and locally on Salt Spring Island. The Wagon Wheel Housing Society built one as a pilot project to safely isolate individuals during the pandemic.
CASA sees the initiative as a supplement to the region’s extreme weather response, amid a lack of emergency winter shelter spaces due to staffing shortages.
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