OVERVIEW

Many people who use drugs living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have experienced residential eviction. However, a lack of understanding regarding the impacts of evictions on people who use drugs remains a significant barrier to developing evidence-based housing policies and targeted interventions to address this social challenge. Building on ongoing collaborations and community consultations, the BC Centre on Substance Use, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, and Pivot Legal Society have partnered to undertake this community-based participatory research study to examine the influence of evictions on health and social outcomes among people who use drugs living in the Downtown Eastside. Participants in the Evictions Study complete a baseline interview focusing on the circumstances of their eviction, as well as a follow-up interview 3–6 months later focusing on the impacts of their eviction. This study seeks to generate public health and socio-legal evidence to inform policy and programmatic responses to evictions, as well as develop advocacy tools to assist people who use drugs in protecting their housing rights.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this study are:

  • To identify practices and policy mechanisms that lead to eviction among people who use drugs living in the Downtown Eastside and examine their legality and constitutionality;
  • To examine the influence of evictions on drug-related risks and harms (e.g., overdose, syringe-sharing) and critical transitional events (e.g., re-initiation of injection drug use); and
  • To develop and implement an evidence-based knowledge translation strategy to promote interventions and policies to minimize the health and social impacts of evictions.

PARTNERS

  • BC Association for People on Methadone (BCAPOM)
  • Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP)
  • Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative
  • PACE Society
  • Pivot Legal Society
  • Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
  • Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS)

FUNDERS

  • Vancouver Foundation (VF)

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THE EVICTIONS STUDY?

To learn more about the Evictions Study, please contact us.

Samara Mayer, Research Coordinator
Email: smayer@cfenet.ubc.ca

OVERVIEW

In many urban centres across North America, privately-owned single room occupancy (SRO) hotels have long represented one of the only forms of low-income housing accessible to people who use drugs. The conversion of privately-owned SRO hotels into non-profit operated housing in some settings has sought to address longstanding criticism regarding the conditions in these housing environments. In Vancouver, Canada, private and non-profit SRO housing providers now operate alongside one another under different housing models (e.g., abstinence-based, harm reduction, faith-based) and in varying physical conditions (e.g., renovated units, “slums”) to provide housing to more than 3,000 residents of the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, many of whom use drugs. The SRO Housing Study examines how social, structural, and physical conditions of SRO housing environments shape HIV prevention and treatment, and drug-related outcomes among people who use drugs in order to develop targeted health and housing policy and practice recommendations.

OBJECTIVES

Building on our collective experience in health and social sciences research, housing law, and community advocacy, this community-based participatory research study is being conducted in partnership with peer-driven organizations in the Downtown Eastside and a legal advocacy organization to address the following specific objectives:

PARTNERS

  • BC Association for People on Methadone (BCAPOM)
  • Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative
  • PACE Society
  • Pivot Legal Society
  • Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
  • Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS)

FUNDERS

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THE SRO HOUSING STUDY?

To learn more about the SRO Housing Study, please contact us.

Samara Mayer, Research Coordinator
Email: smayer@cfenet.ubc.ca

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