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Kitchener council endorses better tent city pilot program

It is endorsing a one-year pilot program of the better tent city behind LOT42
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Earlier this year, Tent City was renamed "Better Tent City," following an upgrade to one-bedroom cabins. 

The settlement --- located behind LOT42 on Ardelt Place --- is now being endorsed by Kitchener City Council. 

"We have decided to let the project move forward for a year as a pilot project on the industrial land where it's presently located," said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. 

A number of community members banded together to raise money to help fund these cabins.

The city said they will also be shelling out up to $5,000 to help cover a safety audit of the living area, "to make sure that every one that is residing is staying as safe as possible while they are there."

The proposal for the one-year pilot was put forward by the property owner, Ron Doyle with the help of community members. 

Vrbanovic believes the "Better Tent City" will provide a better alternative for those in our community who were residing in tents. 

The 12 cabins are arranged in a semi-circle, with the potential for more cabins to be added in the future.

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