A woman feeding the homeless of Whalley from a soup kitchen in a camper van says she has no plans to leave, despite opposition from local business owners.

MaryAnne Connor of Nightshift Street Ministries says her group is offering a much-needed service, feeding 600 to 800 people a week.

She says her group was recently evicted from a nearby building, because the landlord couldn't deal with the complaints from the local business community. And now she can't find another landlord in Whalley willing to take them in.

The businesses say they have concerns about safety, and cleanliness – and they say the makeshift soup kitchen is driving business away.

Pete Nichols of the Whalley Business Improvement Association says his members immediately started noticing more of a mess on their doorsteps in the morning.

"There's garbage and feces and urine and needles, condoms, you name it," he says. "They are concerned because they are losing their customer base."

Nichols says Connor needs to work with the city and the province to find a way to help the homeless, without hurting nearby businesses.

Connor says the business owners need to change their perspective on the people she's trying to help.

"They have to stop looking at these people on the street as prostitutes, as addicts, as homeless, and they need to start looking into the heart of the person.

"And you know what, these are not animals, these are people. They deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and love."

Connor acknowledges her group is likely violating several city bylaws, but she says no one in the neighbourhood is offering her space to set up a proper soup kitchen.