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Living Rough - April 2022 Update

Living rough is a complex issue that continues to be at the forefront of conversations here in Fredericton. In the past year, we have communicated transparently to the public about our compassionate approach to dealing with citizens who find themselves living rough; often in tents in and around the city.

With the arrival of spring, we have seen a consistent increase the number of tents being set up, as well as the number of calls that we get from those concerned about the health and safety of those living rough, and the impact on the greater community.

While we know the perfect solution may never be attainable, we are continuing to evolve in our thinking and approach to dealing with this pressing issue. We are committed to helping this segment of our population ‘move in’ to more stable living conditions and accessible and relevant services.

There are some important items to share at this juncture, as we work together on a sustainable solution:

  • This year, there will be no sanctioned micro-tent sites. While it was a good stop-gap measure last year, we learned some lessons and are making new decisions based on the information we have now.
  • The City of Fredericton and the Fredericton Police Force are working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary group of caring and committed individuals from appropriate government and non-government agencies to provide the right services at the right time, and in the right place.
  • If you do see tents around the city, it does not mean we are ignoring the issue.  It takes time to make the right connections.  Please be patient as we work with our partnering agencies to do this important work.
  • This is intended to be a balanced approach between supporting our most vulnerable citizens and maintaining public safety and the ability for our citizens and business community to continue to thrive in our City.
  • We will not give up on these individuals, even if they choose to continue living rough, and linking them with the right supports at the right time.  Everyone’s journey is different; it requires compassion and patience, however public safety issues will be addresses with the urgency they require.

Our city is full of caring and kind people who want to help, and we have seen it many times, in many ways. We ask that when you consider options for giving, please contact established community partners at the Fredericton Homeless Shelters, Fredericton Community Kitchen, Oak Centre, or Greener Village for more information about where your generosity can be put to best use.

This remains a complex issue that is continuously evolving, but please know that there is much work being done to help support those who find themselves living rough, balanced with the safety and security needs of the entire community.