Supportive housing all wrong for Parksville

Regarding the proposed Supportive Living project at 222 Corfield St., Parksville. ICCS have confirmed that there could be 20 per cent of total residents of the 52-unit complex that are addicted to illegal drugs. Conservatively speaking, 10 drug-addicted individuals would reside there. ICCS confirmed that there would not be any rehabilitation policy or process in place. This facility will be classified as a “wet” house which allows for the possession and usage of illicit drugs as listed by the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

Although some petty and property crime can be attributable to individuals with addiction issues, the more serious violent crimes are caused by those that supply the illicit drugs.

The Parksville citizens and businesses located near this location (which includes the downtown core) did not locate here knowing a facility such as this would be built in their neighbourhood. They are fearful for their personal safety and the security of their homes and businesses. Compassion for some should never be at the detriment to others.

How can Parksville council negate over 1,000 names on the petition of opposition to this project? This proposal should be built in a major city that has the services and programs that provide rehabilitation to these individuals that truly help instead of enabling them to continue their destructive lifestyle.

Parksville council is the predominant authority that can stop this project. Please contact them and advise this proposal is not suitable for Parksville.

Doug O’Brien

Parksville

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