A resident of the Langley City homeless camp sorts through his possessions after police and bylaw officers show up with a clean-up crew after issuing an order to vacate the public park near 208 and Fraser.

Temporary shelter for 30 homeless in Langley will cost $220,000

Provincial government also funds one additional outreach worker

It will cost $220,00 to create a new temporary shelter in Langley with the capacity to house 30 people until April, a press release issued by the provincial government said.

The written statement said the 30-bed shelter at the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope aims to provide the people camping in the Nicomekl floodplain near 208 and Fraser “with much

needed warmth and safety.”

The shelter in the amenity room of the Gateway building, will operate 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. until April.

People who accept the offer of accommodation  will have access to showers, laundry machines, and three meals a day as well as storage and access to counseling if they want it.

The province has also provided funding to Stepping Stone Community Services Society for an additional full-time outreach worker “who can offer support services with the aim of

helping homeless people access stable, longer-term housing” the release said.

“This new shelter in Langley will provide much needed warm spaces for people to spend the fall and winter,” MLA Mary Polak said.

“We will continue to work on longer-term solutions to address homelessness in the community” she added.

“There is now a safe place for homeless individuals to go every night,” mayor Ted Schaffer said.

“Although this is a temporary solution for the community, the City will continue to work with the Province and surrounding communities to develop a permanent solution to address homelessness in Langley” Schaffer went on to say.

Emmy Skates, the executive director of the Gateway of Hope, said the charity was “grateful for the collaborative partnership with BC Housing and the City of Langley.”

The agreement was brokered by City CAO Francis Cheung, who estimates the city has spent $249,000 on homelessness so far this year, just in terms of vandalism and clean-up costs.