It’s been exactly a month since a homeless man died while sleeping outside on a bench in Gibsons.
At the time, the Sunshine Coast’s winter shelter at St Hilda’s Church in Sechelt wasn’t open because it didn’t have enough funding.
The man’s death prompted an outcry from the community, and BC Housing and community members stepped up with extra funding to make sure it stays open every night.
Kelly Foley with the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Advisory Council says that’s been great, but they need more support.
Foley says they’re hoping to raise an additional $10,000 to hire two staff members and pay for supplies. She’s in the process of finalizing the details of a fundraiser in January.
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She says they’re also looking for an organization to take over running the shelter on a long term basis.