Over the previous yr, tented encampments have been the centre of consideration of Vancouver’s homelessness disaster, however with the current finish to the Strathcona Park encampment, a few of that focus now seems to be turning to ending RV encampments.
The Metropolis of Vancouver states it should start implementing insurance policies that prohibit illegally parked RVs over the approaching days, particularly the cluster of about two dozen autos alongside Slocan Avenue between Grandview Freeway and East Broadway — a avenue wedged by Vancouver Technical Secondary Faculty and Lowe’s House Enchancment, close to SkyTrain’s Renfrew Station.
There was a spike within the dimension and variety of RV clusters on native streets because the pandemic started, rising to about seven areas, primarily within the Eastside.
In an e mail to Every day Hive Urbanized, the municipal authorities states it has been monitoring these clusters for greater than half a yr to handle the adverse affect and deal with complaints from residents, companies, and the highschool from the buildup of rubbish, particles, noise, and human waste.
Earlier than the pandemic, the town would usually comply with a two-step warning course of for illegally parked RVs, with enforcement starting with warning notices and educating the homeowners and occupants in regards to the metropolis’s parking insurance policies.
In a single day parking of huge autos corresponding to RVs is just not permitted on any public avenue.
The town states that parking enforcement employees have been within the Slocan Avenue space educating RV homeowners and occupants because of the proximity of the college and the neighbourhood considerations.
“Initially we noticed some RVs depart the realm on account of these warnings, nevertheless the numbers have elevated as soon as once more,” states the town in an e mail.
“For these remaining RVs, Homelessness Companies Outreach employees have been on website as a precursor to issuing parking tickets and towing if relevant over the subsequent two weeks. This multi-step warning system has had success with some folks, permitting them to make alternate preparations for his or her car and/or interact in homeless companies.”
After the autos on Slocan Avenue have been moved, metropolis crews will take away any remaining rubbish from public property. The municipality can also be providing a free tow to a authorized off-street location of the occupant’s selecting, so long as it’s throughout the Decrease Mainland, and as much as 30 days free storage on the impound yard.
The town emphasizes that not everybody residing in parked RVs considers themselves homeless or susceptible to being homeless.
There are plans to conduct an identical decampment course of in different areas with giant RV clusters.
One different significantly sizeable cluster of RVs will be discovered close by on Cornett Street between Bentall Avenue and Skeena Avenue, simply outdoors the principle entrance into Vancouver Movie Studios. There are additionally RVs parked within the parking zone simply north of Playland at Hastings Park.
The municipality states it should solely ticket and tow the autos when people don’t talk with metropolis employees and “the place all choices have been exhausted.”
Homeowners and occupants of the RVs on the Slocan Avenue encampment indicated they’d stage a rally at present.
Whereas metropolis employees have famous that they’re responding to considerations from residents, companies, and the college, not everybody within the space is in opposition to the encampment.
Residents of the Kaslo Gardens Housing Coop, positioned a couple of block south of the RV cluster, have requested the town to not evict the occupants from the road, and prompt “short-term fixes” corresponding to offering a dumpster and moveable washrooms for sanitation administration, and permitting the RVs to park elsewhere.