December 1, 2015, Vancouver, B.C. – NPA City Councillor Melisa De Genova is calling on the City of Vancouver to show leadership by taking immediate action to have the heat and hot water restored to the tenants of the Lion Hotel at 316 Powell Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She will be bringing forward an urgent motion today asking Council to direct staff to report back on immediate actions the City can take to have the heat and hot water restored to the hotel’s vulnerable tenants.
“It’s unfortunate that the situation at the Lion Hotel has come to this; 60 days is an unacceptable amount of time for a response to an emergency,” said De Genova. “The vulnerable people living in this hotel, like many other residents of the Downtown Eastside, simply don’t have the financial resources to move into other housing when their heat and hot water fail.” Continue reading