Annual tent city occupies Victoria Park
Several tents can be seen set up in Victoria Park.
Protesters took part in the annual demonstration in Victoria Park.
Tent city was in place for almost a week before by-law officers told organizers that they had until July 25 at 1:00 p.m. to clear out.
The demonstration is held each year to shine a spotlight on homelessness and lack of affordable housing in Kitchener, especially in the downtown core.
“We really need to stop building new lofts downtown and perhaps build something a bit more affordable for people,” said Kyle Waal, a participant in the movement.
It also offers people experiencing homelessness a safe place to stay as a group.
Organizers say that some people staying there are trained to use naloxone kits, making the area a safe place for people to use drugs as well.
After six days of occupancy before the by-law call to leave, tent city will have lasted seven days this year.