Multiple parties slow response to homeless behind Duncan school board offices

Right now, they’re trying to find the best ways to bring everybody together

Although talk around the subject has quietened, Cowichan Valley school district officials are still pursuing some solutions for the problem of homeless youth living behind the district’s Beverly Street compound.

Candace Spilsbury, chair of the board of education, said Nov. 2 that the district had met with officials from the regional district and municipalities to work towards what might be done around this issue.

Part of the problem is that some of the homeless young people in question are supposed to be in care, which means that a lot of agencies are involved in any discussion about them, not to mention governments and the Warmland House homeless centre.

Right now, they’re trying to find the best ways to bring everybody together, she said.

“We will have another meeting before we decide what the action plan will be. We all know it’s a really complex issue and there are many parties involved and that we all have our own little part to play. We’re taking it a little bit slower than maybe we thought when we first started to work on it, but we want a sustainable action plan,” she said.