August 26, 2019
The City of Vancouver says it has moved about 127 people who were sleeping in a Downtown Eastside tent city into housing units and is now trying to get several dozen campers who’ve defied the order to leave Oppenheimer Park into shelter beds.
People have been sleeping in tents in the park since last year and as many as 200 people were thought to be camping there when the municipal park board issued an eviction deadline for last Wednesday. The majority of campers have moved into supportive housing, but city staff and BC Housing are now trying to get the remaining campers to agree to sleep in nearby shelters, according to an official update sent on Monday afternoon. The city did not provide an estimate for how many campers were left.