The tenters at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside are refusing to take their tents down despite an order from the City of Vancouver.
Many feel they have nowhere else to go, and those who do, say it isn’t any better than living on the street.
Mario Armanno says the living conditions in his social housing complex are deplorable.
“The aspect of quality of life, you cannot cook in there, you have to share bathrooms with people using needles, you walk in there and they are full of crack smoke, you walk in there and they’re having sex.”
Armanno is supporting his friends at Oppenheimer Park in protest of eviction notices.
He says the city needs to do a better job improving quality of life for those in subsidized housing, as well as putting an end to street homelessness.
Earlier, Vancouver’s City Manager Penny Ballem said there needs to be more housing for the homeless.