Over the past year, there has been about a 50 percent increase in the number of homeless tent encampments within Lethbridge. Many argue it is due to the fact that there’s no permanent supportive housing within the city. With that, the city says it’s also seeing an increased number of overdoses, illegal activity and aggressive behaviour in and around these encampments. City Council has voted unanimously to direct the city to report back with a strategy on how to respond to these tent encampments.
The city is also talking with the province to come up with a permanent housing solution for those who are experiencing homelessness in Lethbridge.