Supportive housing will kill Parksville

Open letter to MLA Michelle Stilwell, Mayor Marc Lefebvre, Parksville city council, and BC Housing:

This is to let you know that I vehemently oppose the supportive housing facility that the City of Parksville currently has planned for 222 Corfield St.

It is the wrong location for a supportive housing and shelter project and will adversely affect the entire community in so many ways — in particular our vulnerable seniors. It will provide few solutions for this town’s needy and will only serve to enable those whom ICCS says it will house.

Parksville is primarily a tourist destination with a population of less than 13,000 people, where mainly retirees and young families live in harmony. It should not have this burden placed upon it. Nor should we ever endorse affordable housing that allows the use of drugs by its residents.

We thrive on tourism and this project just two blocks from our Community Park has the potential of having a very negative impact on Parksville’s future. If you want Parksville to die, this is certainly the way to do it.

Please shut this project down.

Rob Wesson

Nanoose Bay

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