May 13, 2021
City bylaw officers who arrived to relocate an encampment of homeless people from the parking lot of the YMCA and Memorial Park on May 12 backed off after the situation became tense, the city has said.
The encampment is located in the below-ground parking structure at the YMCA building on Durham Street. The area offers protection from the weather and a heat source from the YMCA pool heater vent directly above. Support workers from several groups have formed the Poverty and Housing Advocacy Coalition (PHAC), which has been offering aid to the fluctuating number of people living there. At points, upwards of 30 or so people were camped under the building.