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With no vacancies, residents of Vancouver's tent city are rushing to find homes

Those displaced from East Hasting Street Camp are pitching tents at CRAB Park and other parks. Housing has run out of options

Diamond Goodswimmer lives in a park on Gore Street in Chinatown.
Diamond Good swimmers live in parks It's on Gore Street in Chinatown. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Over 45 tents along 100 blocks of Hastings Street on Thursday The city scrambled to find housing for more than 350 residents displaced from temporary housing, where there were still vacancies in Vancouver. There is no alternative housing plan because there is no The state also says its searches have dried up.

“We have a limited number of shelter spaces available. We are working with our outreach partners to make sure people in East Hastings recognize them. We are actively pursuing shelter and housing opportunities, including expediting renovations of vacant SRO units," B.C. Housing said in an email Thursday.

"Despite ongoing work to secure new housing, we are unable to access a large amount of new space in Vancouver due to the timing of emergency orders."

Some residents of Tent City have begun to move to parks near the downtown Eastside. East Hastings Camp peaked in mid-July with about 150 tent and tarp structures.

"The city is making us wanderers," said Diamond Goodswimmer, who recently pitched a tent in a small park on Gore Street and Union Avenue.

Although he is not one of those forced out of street camps, he faces the same predicament as those in East Hastings.

Substance use disorders A distressed 46-year-old resident said not having a place to call home was the biggest barrier to recovery.

"You wake up every day and wonder where your next meal is coming from." You're stuck in survival mode," said the Good Swimmer, pointing to a cart full of belongings. , someone will loot it.I don't have anything, but I know that if word spreads about this park, I'll have to move again."

Spaces are opening up along East Hastings as tent city residents move elsewhere.
Residents of Tent City move to another location. PHOTO BY NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Community groups say move to dismantle Hastings Street tent city was sudden .

First he reached a $50,000 agreement with the organizers of the Vancouver Area Drug User Network (VANDU), after which the city was forced to take over the city by hiring tent city residents to keep the streets clean. began to put pressure on the group. The sidewalk is completely covered, according to one community organizer.

"They expected to force people out of the block for the July 5th power wash and subsequent evacuation of the fire station," he told eight local residents. Binsu Tao, the organizer of the block stewardship program that paid cash, said. Helps clean blocks and conduct fire safety checks.

By then, on 25 July, the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service had ordered all tent structures to be removed, citing extreme fire and safety risks.

"The city initially promised us a lot. It was a bathroom trailer that they said would be up and running within a week." "It never happened."

Tao also criticized Thursday for giving residents of tent cities the option to store their belongings.

The city announced this week that he will offer up to two 360-liter storage totes. It's like a trash can, with wheels. These bins can be stored at sshort-term storage at 390 Main St. Additionally, storage containers at 987 East Cordova are available for long-term storage.

But Tao said residents can only access their belongings in the short-term storage space for four hours each on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

"Otherwise, you have to call a phone number. Most of these residents don't even have a phone," Tao said.

Diamond Goodswimmer fixes the wheel on his cart while living in a park on Gore street in Chinatown, BC., August 10, 2022.
Diamond Good Swimmers Pinned August 10, 2022 while living in a park on Gore Street in Chinatown, British Columbia. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

I thought it would give me more time to find suitable housing. Last year he camped near Strathcona Park and his CRAB Park, East before he was forced to leave Hastings.

In his 2021 Memorandumsigned by both the city and the province, Strathcona he said he had enough people living in the camp to accommodate him before evacuation was ordered. acknowledged the need for permanent and temporary housing for

Some of the Hastings Street tent dwellers have now moved to CRAB Park. Camps in the park, BC The Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Vancouver Parks Board to obtain an injunction to wipe out residents in her January.

"The same bylaw clause that allowed the Parks Commission to designate daytime shelters in her CRAB park could be used in any park," says Carnegie. Fiona Yorke, former project coordinator for Community Action, said. plan.

“All parks may have designated evacuation spaces for groups of people. Recognize and look at the creative and existing possible solutions available at the moment."

  1. Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street, Vancouver, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. The city began clearing the encampment in the Downtown Eastside on Tuesday, but there was little difference to be seen the next day.

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  2. A Hop On Hop Off bus on East Hastings St. on July 27, 2022.

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  3. Scenes from the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as the City complied with the Vancouver Fire Department's order to clear tents from the sidewalks for health and safety reasons in Vancouver, BC., on August 9, 2022.

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