December 7, 2017 8:08 pm
Updated: December 7, 2017 8:09 pm

Surrey should buy land on Whalley Strip and build a homeless shelter: business owner

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A Whalley business owner is calling on Surrey council to purchase a block of land and turn it into one big shelter for the homeless.

Andrew Foell owns a business on King George Blvd. that backs onto the Whalley Strip.

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And he’s fed up with seeing so many homeless people suffering in their tents along 135A Street.

“I believe there’s money in the city coffers to buy up a block and turn it into some kind of semi-respectable not quite homeless shelter,” Foell said.

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He added that creating a dry, private space for the homeless population would go a long way.

But for one man living on the strip, the city would have to build the shelter somewhere on Surrey’s outskirts in order to accommodate everyone.

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Another man said the idea would be great — living in tends, he said, is a struggle.

It’s estimated that upwards of 300 homeless people live within a four-block radius around the Whalley Strip.

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