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Study shows Downtown Eastside housing situation getting worse

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A new Carnegie Community Action Project report says rents in hotel rooms are escalating beyond what low-income Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents can afford. The report says at least 694 more rooms are now renting at over $425 per month, $50 above the welfare shelter rate. Last year CCAP found 889 rooms renting at over $425 so this brings the total to 1583 hotel rooms, the last resort before homelessness, that are not affordable to people on welfare, disability or basic seniors pension.

Read Still Losing Hotel Rooms: CCAP’s 2009 Hotel Survey and Report.