Terwillegar residents vote to oppose homeless residence
Terwillegar residents voted to formally oppose a proposed homeless residence in their neighbourhood Monday night.
Members of the TerwillegarTowne Homeowners Association (TTHOA) approved up to $35,000 in legal council, should it be necessary, to officially and actively fight the housing development.
The CBC’s Paul Moore was not allowed into the meeting, but spoke with residents as they left.
“I think, overall, the community expressed their sentiments through voting – that they were in a favour of an alternative delivery,” said Martin Mrazik.
“We’re not getting the information that we need, we’re not getting the information that we asked for,” he added.
Steve Grant with the TTHOA said the community is open to discussing future housing projects.
“We had a very productive, respectful community conversation and the overall result is that our community is willing to engage with a project that will work to address poverty and homelessness,” he said.
But not everyone was as pleased with the meeting’s outcome.
“I feel like this meeting has been kind of a mockery, I feel it’s been rubber stamped, I feel the TTHOA is not representing its constituents … and I find it very disheartening,” said resident Adam Wisheu.
A public town hall meeting will be held next Monday to continue the discussion.