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Tent city campers say Vancouver not making good on promise to help at Oppenheimer Park

Last Updated Apr 24, 2019 at 9:27 pm PDT

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A pledge to help the homeless in Oppenheimer Park was approved by city council a month and a half ago, but campers living there say they’re still waiting for results.

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They also say the city’s regular “clean-ups” are aggressive and unnecessary. People are forced to haul out all their belongings and wait for hours until the site is clear, often losing valuables or getting drenched with rain in the process.

“Taking our belongings, being verbally aggressive — its not a very nice thing to be homeless, and to have to deal with this on an every-day basis,” says one resident of the camp.

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The campers say they need 24-hour washroom access and help finding accommodation.

For its part, the city says its housed 16 people since 2018 in modular units and are “engaging with BC Housing.”