A GoFundMe was started yesterday in order to somehow stop the housing facility from becoming a reality in the neighbourhood.

“In order to fight, we need funds,” the campaign says. “Arty funds contributed here will go directly towards the fight for the children of Rutland.”

The campaign, which was organized by the “Kelowna Action Group”, says that those funds will specifically cover things like legal counsel and marketing.

“Your support means the world to the children_ of Rutland. It means the world to the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles in Rutland,” the campaign continues.

Warming Room staff worked to the last minute Friday afternoon to try to secure an alternate location before eviction day on Monday — but to no avail.

Christian Harvey, director of the Warming Room, said late Friday the shelter at Murray Street Baptist Church will close on Monday and they have no alternate location lined up.

It will leave 30 to 40 people without shelter, he said.

“We’re really worried, obviously, about those people,” Harvey said.

One year after a sizable homeless camp in downtown Nanaimo sprawled out of control, the homelessness situation in the harbour city is widening to greater levels of crisis.

Nanaimo RCMP superintendent Cameron Miller told councillors his officers estimate there will be roughly 500 people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo this summer. This number was provided after 150 people moved from Discontent City into temporary shelters hastily built by the province as part of the plan to remove the encampment.

A point-in-time count in the early summer of 2018 estimated there was up to 400 people considered homeless at the time. It was a significant increase from the previous count several years before.

Despite promises from the previous provincial government to increase funding levels for homelessness prevention, the current Progressive Conservative government has opted to freeze Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) funding at last year’s levels.

That leaves the County of Simcoe scrambling to make up the difference.

On Tuesday at county’s committee of the whole meeting, councillors voted to make up the difference by cost-sharing the $551,000 required to bridge the gap with the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Shelters are at full capacity in Kelowna and over 300 people are on a waitlist for supportive housing, says Central Okanagan Journey Home Society.

“We know that our shelters are full and turn people away regularly. That is about 200 shelter spaces full, plus those still living outside,” executive director Gaelene Askeland said.

There are at least three more new supportive housing buildings underway that will house about 150 people, but Askeland says that’s not enough.

“More needs to be done.”

The last volunteer-run Out of the Cold homeless program has ended in Waterloo Region.

First United Church on 16 William St., Waterloo, was offering a hot meal and a place to sleep on Friday nights.

After other churches in Kitchener and Waterloo stopped offering shelter nights over last fall and winter, First United decided it was time to shut, too.

Waterloo Region opened a temporary, nightly shelter in downtown Kitchener in partnership with the YWCA.

Police have been informed about a tent city of homeless people who have set up an encampment in St.Catharines.

Mayor Walter Sendzik says police, and various agencies have been alerted to the tent city at Centennial Gardens Park.

He says once Out of the Cold Programs end, you start to see homeless people finding shelter elsewhere.

Sendzik says resources will be offered to these residents including C.O.A.S.T and Out of the Heat, which will start up July 1st.