Fewer privately owned hotel rooms in the Downtown Eastside are affordable for low-income renters, says a new report from the Carnegie Community Action Project.
The proportion of such rooms with rental rates that would fit the budget of a person on income assistance has dropped to 12 percent this year from 29 percent last year, according to the housing study.
Released today (September 21), the annual report shows the community has 12 hotels in which all rooms can be rented for no more than $375, a decrease from 19 hotels last year.
Although the report acknowledges the creation of new units for low-income residents, the resident-advocacy group notes many units have closed or been subject to rent increases.
Among its recommendations, the report calls on the City of Vancouver to purchase 50 sites in the Downtown Eastside for social housing over the next decade.
The Carnegie Community Action Project surveyed 90 hotels that are privately owned or operated for the 2010 report.