Moving from Leon Avenue

An unidentified citizen hands out free muffins to homeless people hanging out on Leon Avenue during Thanksgiving.

Tent city is being moved.

The City of Kelowna is ordering homeless people who have set up tents along Leon Avenue to move to designated camping spots at Knox Mountain Park and a park off Recreation Avenue.

Time limits on when the tents can be set up will also be established.

"People will be permitted to set up shelter at 7 p.m. and required to remove their shelter by 9 a.m. the next morning, unlike on Leon Avenue where sheltering was allowed 24/7," the city said in a news release this morning.

"To make the transition easier, people will be allowed to set-up tents after 1 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 26 only."

The law in B.C. allows homeless people to set up temporary overnight shelters when there is not enough housing or shelter space available. A city, however, can designate where the shelters can are to be located.

“The properties were selected based on a number of factors that considered the current use, amenities and programming at the site, the accessibility of the site, not only for the people sheltering there, but also for emergency services, and the distance to services in the core of the city,” said Community Safety Director Darren Caul.

Two security personnel will monitor the sites daily between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. and both Bylaw Services and RCMP will enhance patrols throughout the neighbourhoods.

Basic amenities will be provided at each designated site including washroom facilities, garbage disposal, sharps disposal, bottled water and daytime storage.