Tenants of the Portland Hotel, an SRO in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, protested outside the PHS Community Services Society office on Monday to demand repairs to the building elevator that broke down eight months ago.
Amid shouts of “tenant power” and “elevators for the people,” residents marched to the PHS office to share letters on how the broken elevator has left some people abandoned in their rooms or dragging themselves up and down stairs.
Ben Ger, an organizer with the Vancouver Tenants Union, says more than 80 per cent of the building’s tenants have signed letters urging the PHS to take immediate action to fix the elevator.
“For some people, it means throwing your wheelchair down the
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