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Neighbours share concerns about emergency shelter space in trailers at public meeting

Residents of the Elmwood neighbourhood attended a public meeting on Tuesday evening to voice their concerns about an emergency shelter and housing space in their area.

NiGiNan Housing Ventures has spent the last few years transforming the former Sands Inn and Suites at Fort Road and Yellowhead Trail into “Pimatisiwin,” a permanent housing facility and shelter space.

The group received a permit from the city to bring trailers into the parking lot to be used as emergency shelter space for about 50 people.

That shelter space opened on Jan. 9.

Residents say they weren’t consulted before the permit was granted.

About 200 people have signed a petition opposing the trailers.

The permit granted by the city allows the trailers to be used until the spring.

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