Housing Minister Rich Coleman is expected to decide today whether to close a controversial city shelter located under the Granville Street Bridge.

At the end of June, the city shut the door on one of its five low-barrier HEAT shelters after residents complained of an increase in drug dealing, waste and public sex in the North False Creek neighbourhood.

A second shelter, located across the alley from the first, in the 1400 block of Howe Street, was given a 30-day probation.

The facilities opened last winter to temporarily get people off the streets and away from the cold but as the weather warmed up the shelters remained open.

Coleman said he received a report from the city Monday afternoon. He will consider it alongside an analysis of housing vacancies, where people could be moved if the shelter closes.

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