Report finds that low-income residents looking for rooms face new forms of discrimination

Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) has released its 2013 Hotel and Housing report. This year’s hotel and housing report found that Single Room Occupancy hotel rooms (SROs) in the Downtown Eastside are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals looking for rooms.

Many hotel owners are attempting to get rid of current low-income tenants so they can renovate rooms and raise rents to the highest rate the market will allow. This means these rooms are unavailable to many on welfare, disability and basic pension. These “improved” buildings tend to cater to students and workers, advertise online only, and have intensive screening processes designed to filter out low-income individuals.

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