Homeless people in Abbotsford fight for their right to shelter in court

A group representing homeless people in Abbotsford has won the right to have their legal case around access to basic shelter seen in court.

For the past few years, the City of Abbotsford has been addressing homelessness through displacement, bylaw enforcement, the courts and other tactics. With few shelter spaces, homeless people set up a camp in an Abbotsford park. The city tried to chase out the campers with various methods including spreading chicken manure around the camp. Then the city got an injunction to evict people from the park and the campers were thrown out.

In March 2014 the BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors and PIVOT Legal, filed legal action against Abbotsford saying that homeless people have a right to exist and obtain the basic necessities of life in public spaces. Abbotsford fought to have the case thrown out but the courts sided with PIVOT and the case will continue.