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Fires Cause Endless Cycle of Displacement in Vancouver

As reported by The Tyee:

"After a Saturday fire at an SRO for vulnerable women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, some displaced tenants say they’re choosing to sleep outside rather than in an emergency shelter.

It’s an increasingly common pattern in the neighbourhood as an unusually high number of fires in single-room occupancy hotels have displaced over 200 tenants since April."

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