The City of Vancouver has handed a court injunction to a 50-person homeless encampment.
The city plans to build social housing at 950 Main Street, but campers on the site aren’t happy with the proposal, refusing to move.
Their refusal has been ongoing since April, when residents received a notice to vacate the lot.
Now if the city gets its wish, it will be the second time Joyce Jackson is displaced.
She was at the 58 West Hastings tent city before it was dismantled.
“At 58, we were promised housing and me and my fiancé didn’t get it. It’s just, I’m tired of the lies. I’m angry, it just seems like they’re forgetting about us. They’re promising us stuff and not going through with it.”
She says real housing solutions are needed for the homeless.
“Not just shelters, not places that are run down or places where we can not … SRO buildings. We’re not children. Give us places where it can be a home.”
Alliance Against Displacement says the city has a proposal to turn the land into 26 units of social housing, but only a handful of them would be at welfare rates.
The city says housing outreach staff are working with people on the site and BC Housing to find homes for those displaced.