Neighbourhood SAFETY Threatened
There has been a significant increase in open drug use, encampments, discarded dirty needles, human feces, violence and aggressive behaviour in and around our neighbourhood and children.
This has coincided with the move of Oppenheimer Park Tent City Residents into hotels in our neighbourhood. These include the Howard Johnson Hotel on Granville near Davie, the Holiday Inn at Granville & Helmcken and Hosteling International at Granville & Nelson. Hotel staff at the Howard Johnson Hotel have confirmed that a Safe Injection Site is being implemented within the hotel.
VOICE YOUR CONCERNS RIGHT NOW. Please call all the numbers below to have your say about the safety issues you're witnessing.
Non-Emergency 604-717-3321 or 9-1-1 if Applicable
City of Vancouver
Call 3-1-1 or download the ‘VanConnect’ App onto your Mobile Phone
Sam Sullivan – 604-775-2601
Find and Write to your MLA
The City of Vancouver and the Parks Board respond ONLY when a high numbers of complaints are received.
Number of Reports + Number of Residents Calling = ACTION!!
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RAISE AWARENESS IN YOUR BUILDING
Educate & Inform by way of an Elevator Notice
If you live in a residential building, please post a notice in your elevator to advise residents that we are all experiencing serious issues in our community and to encourage your neighbours to report their concerns. The VPD and COV monitor these reports – these reports allow them to gauge where there are problems based on the volume of reports received.
See the Resources Tab for a sample.
Send a Letter from your Strata to Key Decision Makers
Advise Government/City/VPD about your concerns. There has been a decline in our communities and safety for the past few years and this has deteriorated even further since the relocation of Oppenheimer Park Tent City residents into the various hotels in and around our communities. Now is the time to voice our concerns to ensure we are not permanently dealing with safety issues in our community.
KEY DECISION MAKERS
Sdpr.email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; sam.sullivan.MLA@leg.bc.ca; email@example.com; Adam.Palmer@vpd.ca; firstname.lastname@example.org; CLRbligh@vancouver.ca; CLRboyle@vancouver.ca; CLRcarr@vancouver.ca; CLRdegenova@vancouver.ca; CLRdominato@vancouver.ca; email@example.com; CLRhardwick@vancouver.ca; CLRwiebe@vancouver.ca; Sadhu.Johnston@vancouver.ca; Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Bonnie.firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; CLRkirbyfirstname.lastname@example.org
Some issues you may want to address in your communications:
THIS IS NOT AN ANTI-HOMELESS CAMPAIGN
Our neighbourhood already accommodates a number of housing facilities for individuals facing barriers. We have not had issues with shelters that have adequate mental health and drug addiction supports required by challenged individuals.
Residents are frustrated with the recent increase in open drug use, vandalism, local break-ins, aggressive behaviour and violence. There are increasing volumes of dangerous waste such as dirty needles in our parks, human excrement in lane ways, and general garbage and food wastes on our streets and sidewalks undermines the quality of life of the neighbourhood. A lot of these issues concentrate around our parks and residents are concerned for their children.
We want a say in what happens in our neighbourhood
About Us and Our Mission
To restore safety and the integrity of our neighbourhood so our children, families and seniors can feel safe again. It has become very difficult to keep our families safe and protect our children, as open drug use, discarded needles and increased crime and aggressive/violent behaviour has become so prevalent throughout our community.
Who We Are
We are a group of local residents who live in and around the downtown area - an area densely populated with children, seniors and families. We are concerned about the safety of our community, especially our children. We have been deeply impacted by the continued deterioration of our neighbourhood.
Who we are NOT
We would like to make it clear that this is NOT an anti-homeless campaign, our neighbourhood currently accommodates a number of housing facilities and services for those facing significant barriers.
What has changed
Local residents have become increasingly alarmed with the recent and rapid increase in the following: open drug use, discarded dirty needles, violent and aggressive behaviour, sense of overall fear, encampments in our parks and public spaces, general garbage and human excrement on streets, break-ins, thefts and vandalism. All this undermines the quality of life in our beloved neighbourhoods.