Two months after a new team was put in charge of Vancouver’s Portland Hotel Society, the current operators are offering assurances vulnerable residents of the Downtown Eastside are still getting the help they need.
The 20-year old PHS runs North America’s first supervised injection site, as well as managing several low-income rooming houses.
Interim Board Chair Faye Wightman says a new executive director will be named later this week to replace Mark Townsend, one of three managers forced out after government auditors uncovered irregular spending habits.
She says, “I’m pleased to say we’ll be taking a recommendation to the board on Thursday with probably a nine month or one year contract.”
Wightman says most of the Society’s funding comes from BC Housing and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and not private donations.
Last year’s budget was 28-million dollars.