Letter: Fire halls offer ideal solution to homeless problem

Editor: The following is an open letter to mayors and councils of Langley Township and Langley City:

After we heard about the removal of homeless camps around McLeod Athletic Park we wondered who, what, when, where and why the solution to homelessness lies.

Here it is, very simple.

A solution to the homeless problem is not that far away.

It takes a little will and co-operation from all levels.

Since we have a number of fire halls in both the City and the Township, and since we are continually assured these are staffed by qualified staff, and since each fire hall has gym facilities, bathroom facilities and often even kitchen facilities, and since each fire hall has a large parking lot, why not give just a small part of the fire hall parking lot to the homeless? I have yet to see a fire hall parking lot more than one third full.

Not the kitchen, not the gym, not the exercise room, not the cafeteria — just the parking lots.

Many things make this a great solution:

1) There is lots of room;

2) There are bathroom facilities available;

3) Should there be an emergency the well-trained firefighters are at hand;

4) Less wear and tear on the equipment, since it is all right at hand;

5) Employment for the firefighters;

6) Safety for our fellow citizens.

It is a simple and effective solution. In fact, this is such a simple solution that I wonder why it has not been thought of before.

So, back to the five Ws:

Who? Councils and firefighters;

What? Being part of the solution to homelessness in Langley;

When? Immediately;

Where? At all the fire halls in the City and Township;

Why? Because Langley is a great place to live for all.

Gerard Klaas (Scholtens),

Langley

Just Posted

Trinity Western University players help Canada to second medal ever at Pan Am Cup

With the medal, Canadian team also qualifies for the 2019 Pan American Games

Aldergrove Fair Days gets ‘Down on the Farm’

Something for everyone at the 106th annual Aldergrove Fair

UPDATE: Strong showing by Langley Selects at 10-day tournament

Twelve teams competed in round-robin series

VIDEO: Langley hospital history recovered

After 16 years in storage, LMH memorial plaques added to museum in time for 70th anniversary party

Heat warning issued for Metro Vancouver

Inland areas expect to hit at least 26 degrees for daytime highs

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Aldergrove Youth Soccer registration underway

Kids from U11 to U18 need to register so that teams can be formed, games organized

B.C. teen meets Nicolas Cage

Filming mob movie in downtown Vernon, B.C.

Aldergrove ‘hoops’ boys raise cash

Successful fundraiser for the Aldergrove boys’ basketball team

Otter Co-op’s CEO top of the class

Jack Nicholson receives 2018 B.C. CEO Award in the Large Company category

Critics claim Trump “defended a tyrant”

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

B.C. MLAs choose new children’s watchdog

Jennifer Charlesworth has worked in government, social services

B.C. reporter calls out immigration photo on social media as fake news

A Vancouver reporter is calling out a British politician for spreading fake news

Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing

Out of 1,773 glaciers, 1,353 shrank significantly between 2000 and 2016

Most Read