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by:Petolar     2020-09-17
KITCHENER —
The work center is breaking ground and plans to use modified containers as emergency shelters for homeless people.
The center has transformed a steel container into two common \"bunkies\", each with a lockable door and a window.
They are sitting in a fenced area next to a residential care facility at 87 Victoria Street. N.
It also runs a daily soup kitchen.
Basic accommodation is provided by bunki people.
They measured about 8 by 10 feet and had a high window on one wall with electricity and heat but no pipes.
Each room will accommodate one occupant who will use the restroom in the main building, which is staffed all day long.
Joe Mancini, director of the work center, said the idea was generated by the growing popularity of the \"little house\" movement.
The use of containers seems to be a cheap way to get access to basic accommodation, he said.
This is the first time the region has considered using containers, although the idea has been put forward in other cities such as Vancouver and Portland.
Bunkies aims to provide emergency shelters for homeless people who are unable or will not seek asylum in traditional emergency shelters because of their behavioral problems, addictions or personal choices.
\"There are many people coming to St.
\"John\'s kitchen has no place to sleep every night, no shelter, and is doing it every night,\" Mancini said . \".
He admitted that the two little BUKI would not solve the problem of the return.
But they will offer another option for those who do not want to sleep in large, more institutional shelters.
These options have been more limited since volunteers
A few years ago, the cold project was over, he said.
The center received $28,000 from the Waterloo area for the purchase and repair of the two bunches and paid other fees to operate them as three persons
Pilot projects of the year.
\"It\'s an attempt to see if it\'s suitable for people,\" Mancini said . \".
\"We have been talking about how to choose housing flexibly,\" said Mary Morrison, the district housing service manager . \".
\"This is one of the options we are looking for to provide responsive, flexible accommodation.
\"The center has been talking about the idea for more than a year, but since it opens up new areas, it will take longer to turn it into reality.
Mancini will ask the planning committee in kidina on Monday to temporarily change the zoning to allow bunki people.
The current planning rules have never considered such a thing, so the planning department recommends temporary partitions, which last up to three years, but can be extended.
Plans to equip bunki people with compost toilets also encountered obstacles.
Mancini said the Ontario Building Code does not allow toilets for sewer services, but it will cost thousands of dollars to lay sewer lines.
Mancini said he hopes to get approval before winter comes and open bunkies for customers.
The kidina fire safety officer has checked the site and said there is no problem with fire safety.
Staff at kidina planning suggested approval, noting that the provincial housing policy required cities to encourage a range of housing to meet different needs.
Planner Craig Duma said that allowing bunki people will provide another housing option for those who are the hardest to pay for their housing and find the right place to live.
Some nearby businesses are skeptical about the plan.
Some owners do not want to be quoted for fear of revenge from Soup Kitchen customers, but they say they are worried about the problems of garbage and wandering only get worse when increasing homeless shelters.
A neighboring business reviewed for privacy reasons wrote to the city acknowledging that the services provided by the center \"are important to the welfare of our residents in need.
However, some tourists use garbage, vandalism, public urinating and other activities to abuse nearby properties.
The company said it spent \"a lot of time\" to address customer concerns and clean up \"a steady stream of broken coffee cups, needles, beer cans, cigarette packaging, garbage \", clothing and other miscellaneous items from tourists to soup kitchen.
But Alex Bierschbach, who owns Fackoury car service, said he had no problem with bunkies.
He said that the soup kitchen did attract some homeless people and that he had occasional problems with garbage, but he said that it was not something he could not bear, adding, the garage is often filled with bicycle tires from Soup Kitchen customers.
\"They can\'t meet their needs (for shelter)
\"Bilsbach said.
\"Let them put anything they can put in the parking lot.
\"Cthoots @ therecord.
Com, Weibo: @ thompsonrecord Kitchener-
The work center is breaking ground and plans to use modified containers as emergency shelters for homeless people.
The center has transformed a steel container into two common \"bunkies\", each with a lockable door and a window.
They are sitting in a fenced area next to a residential care facility at 87 Victoria Street. N.
It also runs a daily soup kitchen.
Basic accommodation is provided by bunki people.
They measured about 8 by 10 feet and had a high window on one wall with electricity and heat but no pipes.
Each room will accommodate one occupant who will use the restroom in the main building, which is staffed all day long.
Joe Mancini, director of the work center, said the idea was generated by the growing popularity of the \"little house\" movement.
The use of containers seems to be a cheap way to get access to basic accommodation, he said.
This is the first time the region has considered using containers, although the idea has been put forward in other cities such as Vancouver and Portland.
Bunkies aims to provide emergency shelters for homeless people who are unable or will not seek asylum in traditional emergency shelters because of their behavioral problems, addictions or personal choices.
\"There are many people coming to St.
\"John\'s kitchen has no place to sleep every night, no shelter, and is doing it every night,\" Mancini said . \".
He admitted that the two little BUKI would not solve the problem of the return.
But they will offer another option for those who do not want to sleep in large, more institutional shelters.
These options have been more limited since volunteers
A few years ago, the cold project was over, he said.
The center received $28,000 from the Waterloo area for the purchase and repair of the two bunches and paid other fees to operate them as three persons
Pilot projects of the year.
\"It\'s an attempt to see if it\'s suitable for people,\" Mancini said . \".
\"We have been talking about how to choose housing flexibly,\" said Mary Morrison, the district housing service manager . \".
\"This is one of the options we are looking for to provide responsive, flexible accommodation.
\"The center has been talking about the idea for more than a year, but since it opens up new areas, it will take longer to turn it into reality.
Mancini will ask the planning committee in kidina on Monday to temporarily change the zoning to allow bunki people.
The current planning rules have never considered such a thing, so the planning department recommends temporary partitions, which last up to three years, but can be extended.
Plans to equip bunki people with compost toilets also encountered obstacles.
Mancini said the Ontario Building Code does not allow toilets for sewer services, but it will cost thousands of dollars to lay sewer lines.
Mancini said he hopes to get approval before winter comes and open bunkies for customers.
The kidina fire safety officer has checked the site and said there is no problem with fire safety.
Staff at kidina planning suggested approval, noting that the provincial housing policy required cities to encourage a range of housing to meet different needs.
Planner Craig Duma said that allowing bunki people will provide another housing option for those who are the hardest to pay for their housing and find the right place to live.
Some nearby businesses are skeptical about the plan.
Some owners do not want to be quoted for fear of revenge from Soup Kitchen customers, but they say they are worried about the problems of garbage and wandering only get worse when increasing homeless shelters.
A neighboring business reviewed for privacy reasons wrote to the city acknowledging that the services provided by the center \"are important to the welfare of our residents in need.
However, some tourists use garbage, vandalism, public urinating and other activities to abuse nearby properties.
The company said it spent \"a lot of time\" to address customer concerns and clean up \"a steady stream of broken coffee cups, needles, beer cans, cigarette packaging, garbage \", clothing and other miscellaneous items from tourists to soup kitchen.
But Alex Bierschbach, who owns Fackoury car service, said he had no problem with bunkies.
He said that the soup kitchen did attract some homeless people and that he had occasional problems with garbage, but he said that it was not something he could not bear, adding, the garage is often filled with bicycle tires from Soup Kitchen customers.
\"They can\'t meet their needs (for shelter)
\"Bilsbach said.
\"Let them put anything they can put in the parking lot.
\"Cthoots @ therecord.
Com, Weibo: @ thompsonrecord Kitchener-
The work center is breaking ground and plans to use modified containers as emergency shelters for homeless people.
The center has transformed a steel container into two common \"bunkies\", each with a lockable door and a window.
They are sitting in a fenced area next to a residential care facility at 87 Victoria Street. N.
It also runs a daily soup kitchen.
Basic accommodation is provided by bunki people.
They measured about 8 by 10 feet and had a high window on one wall with electricity and heat but no pipes.
Each room will accommodate one occupant who will use the restroom in the main building, which is staffed all day long.
Joe Mancini, director of the work center, said the idea was generated by the growing popularity of the \"little house\" movement.
The use of containers seems to be a cheap way to get access to basic accommodation, he said.
This is the first time the region has considered using containers, although the idea has been put forward in other cities such as Vancouver and Portland.
Bunkies aims to provide emergency shelters for homeless people who are unable or will not seek asylum in traditional emergency shelters because of their behavioral problems, addictions or personal choices.
\"There are many people coming to St.
\"John\'s kitchen has no place to sleep every night, no shelter, and is doing it every night,\" Mancini said . \".
He admitted that the two little BUKI would not solve the problem of the return.
But they will offer another option for those who do not want to sleep in large, more institutional shelters.
These options have been more limited since volunteers
A few years ago, the cold project was over, he said.
The center received $28,000 from the Waterloo area for the purchase and repair of the two bunches and paid other fees to operate them as three persons
Pilot projects of the year.
\"It\'s an attempt to see if it\'s suitable for people,\" Mancini said . \".
\"We have been talking about how to choose housing flexibly,\" said Mary Morrison, the district housing service manager . \".
\"This is one of the options we are looking for to provide responsive, flexible accommodation.
\"The center has been talking about the idea for more than a year, but since it opens up new areas, it will take longer to turn it into reality.
Mancini will ask the planning committee in kidina on Monday to temporarily change the zoning to allow bunki people.
The current planning rules have never considered such a thing, so the planning department recommends temporary partitions, which last up to three years, but can be extended.
Plans to equip bunki people with compost toilets also encountered obstacles.
Mancini said the Ontario Building Code does not allow toilets for sewer services, but it will cost thousands of dollars to lay sewer lines.
Mancini said he hopes to get approval before winter comes and open bunkies for customers.
The kidina fire safety officer has checked the site and said there is no problem with fire safety.
Staff at kidina planning suggested approval, noting that the provincial housing policy required cities to encourage a range of housing to meet different needs.
Planner Craig Duma said that allowing bunki people will provide another housing option for those who are the hardest to pay for their housing and find the right place to live.
Some nearby businesses are skeptical about the plan.
Some owners do not want to be quoted for fear of revenge from Soup Kitchen customers, but they say they are worried about the problems of garbage and wandering only get worse when increasing homeless shelters.
A neighboring business reviewed for privacy reasons wrote to the city acknowledging that the services provided by the center \"are important to the welfare of our residents in need.
However, some tourists use garbage, vandalism, public urinating and other activities to abuse nearby properties.
The company said it spent \"a lot of time\" to address customer concerns and clean up \"a steady stream of broken coffee cups, needles, beer cans, cigarette packaging, garbage \", clothing and other miscellaneous items from tourists to soup kitchen.
But Alex Bierschbach, who owns Fackoury car service, said he had no problem with bunkies.
He said that the soup kitchen did attract some homeless people and that he had occasional problems with garbage, but he said that it was not something he could not bear, adding, the garage is often filled with bicycle tires from Soup Kitchen customers.
\"They can\'t meet their needs (for shelter)
\"Bilsbach said.
\"Let them put anything they can put in the parking lot.
\"Cthoots @ therecord.
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