UPDATE: Many people have received a standard response from Andrea Reimer stating the following “My understanding is that city staff from housing have tried to go on site to make this happen but have had a difficult time gaining access. I’m currently trying to figure out why that would be as it doesn’t seem in anyone’s interest to create a barrier to the city providing support.”
Tent city organizers and volunteers have confirmed to her that this information is misleading and incorrect as there has been NO communication, let alone commitment, from the City and/or BC Housing as of Feb 24th to house the approximately 50 homeless, under-housed and precariously housed occupants of Tent Village. A list of names has been submitted to BC Housing.
Andrea has since responded “On the issue of why the information I’m getting from our staff and people on site is so different, I’m trying to track that down. People are spread all over the place but I’m hoping that I can figure it out soon. Communications has been a challenge with the logistics demands of the olympics spreading us thin.”
Thanks to all who have written, please keep writing in and spread the word to keep the pressure up till we get a response and people are housed!
We need to put public pressure on the City, and on the higher ups in BC Housing and the Ministry of Housing & SocialDevt. We need to send them emails and faxes tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thurs) morning. Below is a sample letter as well as contact information.
* PROVINCIAL CONTACTS:
Ministry of Housing and Social Development
Fax: (604) 882-3154 or (250) 356-7292
Shayne Ramsay, CEO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale McMann, Director of Vancouver/Coastal Region
Facsimile: (604) 609-7031
Gregor Robertson, Mayor
Manager’s office: Penny Ballem, City Manager
Weny Au, Assistant City Manager
email@example.com, FAX: 604.873.7750
firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 604.873.7750
email@example.com, FAX: 604.873.7750
firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 604.873.7750
email@example.com, FAX: 604.873.7750
firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 604.873.7750
email@example.com, FAX: 604.873.7750
firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 604.873.7750
email@example.com, FAX: 604.873.7750
RE: Housing the homeless of the Tent Village at 58 West Hastings
Ending homelessness is one of the more important issues facing our city, and I am glad to see that many homeless people in Vancouver are working together at the Tent Village at 58 West Hastings to raise awareness about the issues facing them. I have been moved by this powerful initiative.
Every time I pass-by the Tent Village, I see that it has grown. On the one hand, this is testament to how much harder we have to work to turn around this homelessness crisis, but on the other hand, it is testament to the never-give-up attitude of even the most down-and-out members of our society.
I understand that many of the residents of the Tent Village have joined together to ask for housing. I would like to add my voice to the call that BC Housing and the City of Vancouver fast-track all of the homeless, under-housed, and precariously housed people currently living in the Tent Village without delay, and to meet with their representatives with that aim.
(NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT INFO)