The City of Surrey and BC Housing arranged for trucks and a team of movers to help a group of homeless people relocate to a new shelter on Tuesday, but many refused to leave.

“My experience in the shelters is that everything you have seems to go missing,” said one camp protester. “There’s fighting. You can’t sleep.”

An old motorcycle shop has been transformed into a 42-bed shelter called the Cove. It has several showers, drawers that lock, and it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When CTV News visited the facility, a team was welcoming new residents, painting the walls, and hanging pictures.

“They’re inadequate. It’s not housing. It’s homelessness behind walls,” argued Dave Diewert, a homeless advocate with Alliance Against Displacement.