Tenants of Clifton Hotel say they are being ‘renovicted’
A group of low income residents in Vancouver say they are being kicked out of their homes in the Clifton hotel in what they say are the latest case of renovictions.
Jean Swanson with Carnegie Community Action Project says they want the landlord to make renovations and keep rents low.
She says 40 tenants remain at the hotel. All have been given eviction notices.
Resident Francis Filimenti says conditions inside the hotel are filthy.
“Still, before I came here, I lived in Stanley Park for two years, so to me it is still shelter, it is still home. It is a place where I feel reasonably safe,” he says.
Swanson says SRO hotels are the last stop before homelessness for many of the residents.
“If these people are evicted, there is really no place for them to go.”
A recent homelessness count revealed there are 120 more homeless people on the streets of Metro Vancouver than there were in 2011.