Covid-19 Emergency Funds for DTES

I am a volunteer and I have started this fundraising campaign in support of the organizing efforts of Carnegie Community Action Project.  

Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is raising funds for emergency COVID-19 support at Oppenheimer Park Tent City and other unhoused people in the DTES. 

The funds will be used for:

-Food security for those impacted by closures of DTES services and food distribution networks
-Communication and information distribution
-Outreach + peer support
-Hygiene and sanitation supplies
-Storage + driving for donation pick up/drop off

Please keep reading to get an idea of why these emergency funds will save lives:  

How can you self-isolate when you don't have a home? How do you wash your hands when you don't have a sink? Homeless residents and advocates are calling on government and public stakeholders to immediately and urgently provide a measured, appropriate, culturally-safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic to those who are unhoused and overlooked by current pandemic protocols.

Over a hundred people live in a tent city in Oppenheimer Park, and many more visit daily. The last City of Vancouver Homelessness Count showed that there are over 1,200* homeless people in the Downtown Eastside, including 600* unsheltered (*an undercount). The City of Vancouver has just declared a Homelessness Emergency in the City of Vancouver.

In Oppenheimer Park, there is no soap or hand sanitizer in the washrooms — and sometimes no washrooms at all. Running water is limited. Tent city residents, and other homeless people, often rely on crowded drop-in centres, food line-ups, and shelters with shared washrooms and showers. Many are immune compromised, with chronic disease and disability, and a high percentage are seniors. The vast majority don't have phones to call 811 for testing or help.

Existing resources are not equipped or prepared to meet pandemic-level needs and demands. Vancouver Coastal Health does not currently offer any formal services or outreach in Oppenheimer Park. Shelters and drop-ins are already overwhelmed and under-equipped to offer additional shower, laundry and washing facilities. Other DTES programs are scrambling to pandemic-proof existing services especially for those who are most at risk.

Also please read this article by the Tyee: 
The 'Ticking Time Bomb' in the DTES

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 13 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 1 d
  • Jonathan McPHedran Waitzer 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Elise Stickles 
    • $35 
    • 2 d
  • Connie Hubbs 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
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Organizer

Rianne Svelnis 
Organizer
Vancouver, BC
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