ACTION ON SHELTER CLOSURES

Shelters that house more than 600 people throughout Vancouver are set to close in the coming weeks. Organizers, including shelter residents, are planning to organize a Tent City for those displaced as a result of the closures. A petition written by shelter residents of the Aboriginal Central Shelter (planned for closure on April 20) is currently circulating, with the demand that affordable housing be built immediately and that shelters remain open in the meantime. A recent article, published in the broadsheet of the Vancouver Media Co-op, quotes organizer and shelter resident Stuart Fraser: “The cost of decent housing is ridiculous. This is my home – it’s not the best home, but it’s home. We’re going to try to stay here – otherwise we’re going to the parks.” In the coming weeks, members of Vancouver Action will be helping in the effort to mobilize shelter residents.

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