Pivot urges Vancouver City and Fire & Rescue to work with Oppenheimer Park residents to come up with a solution for a serious health and safety risks faced by camp residents.
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Despite the heavy snowfall we are experiencing, Oppenheimer Park residents continue to be refused onsite-options for warming. We recently sent letters calling on both Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the City of Vancouver to “meet people where they are” and provide warming options for those who will inevitably remain outside in the cold this season.
Health, Heat, and Homelessness: CCAP and Pivot respond to Park Board decampment plan for Oppenheimer Tent City amidst ongoing safety concerns
As we close out this year and look back on the past few months, we commend the steadfast, principled advocacy of Oppenheimer Park Tent City residents. We stand in solidarity with the assertion of Indigenous sovereignty in the Park. As long as people must rely on public space, we must respect Tent Cities as the safest option in a list of undesirable alternatives.
Park residents, neighbours, and advocates will be gathering on the 1 year anniversary of the rent city for a warm meal, music, and legal information about rights for people who rely on public space for survival, and to celebrate resilience in the face of a housing crisis, a drug poisoning crisis, and the ongoing criminalization of homeless people.