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Three neat rows of tiny shelters, each with a bright blue, lockable door, are up and occupied in a quiet Halifax suburb as the provincial government gradually rolls out what it is touting as an important part of its solution to homelessness.

Standing near the gated entrance to the community, Jim Gunn, a board member of Beacon House Shelter, describes the boxy 70-square-foot Pallet shelters — carrying the name of the U.S. company that makes them — as a temporary solution.

“Our greatest concern is that these should never become and be seen as permanent, but there’s no affordable housing,” the retired educator said during a recent tour of the property in Lower Sackville, about three weeks after it opened. “These shelters will stay here until we find someplace else people can go.”

The province is following the lead of Kelowna, B.C., and 124 other sites in North America, by bringing in …

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