‘The rubber has to hit the road’: Oppenheimer Park homeless camp prompts calls for federal support

‘The rubber has to hit the road’: Oppenheimer Park homeless camp prompts calls for federal support

Vancouver’s mayor says its time for Ottawa to step in as a growing homeless camp in the city’s Downtown Eastside has ignited safety concerns and calls for social housing.

The Oppenheimer Park encampment has been growing for more than a year. RCMP advised the public to steer clear of the area following a shooting near the park last week.

While advocates maintain the park is the only manageable living option for the people who live there, Mayor Kennedy Stewart says finding housing for all residents is the city’s priority — but it can’t be done without federal support.

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