Cabin Shelters Bring Warmth, Security to Cowichan-Area Residents Without Homes

2021-WEBEdit_MG_1707.jpgImproving the lives of people living unsheltered.

On Friday, Jan. 8, the lives of a some of Duncan residents living in outside changed for the better.  

Six cabins built in nearby Chemainus, outfitted with baseboard heating and locking doors, were delivered to a site in Duncan. Residents who had been previously living unsheltered at the site were able to move into these new shelters that same day, gaining heat, security and a roof over their heads.  

 On Monday, Jan. 11, more of the eight-foot by eight-foot structures were delivered to the location, and plans are in place for another 26 to be installed at a tenting site on Government Street known as The Mound.  

 In total, 38 sleeping cabins (two more will be used for staffing at the sites) are planned to be delivered, in a project supported by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island.  

United Way is proud to partner with the federal government and local service provider Cowichan Housing Association to bring temporary but needed and immediate help to those living without homes in the Cowichan area. This cabin shelters do not represent a long-term solution. But they are already making real, positive change for residents struggling with housing right now.  

Into the future, plans are in place for the cabins to be stored at no cost when not in use, with the cabins continuing to serve as a much-improved living solution to those in the Cowichan area who would otherwise be living in tents.  

At the same time, United Way is continuing to work on the ground with local service providers, governments and people for long-term solutions.  

This project is funded by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.

To support programs like this in your community, please donate to United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island today.