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Food Security and Housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Miewald, Christiana


The purpose of this report is to document the housing and food security needs of the hard to house population in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and to provide population‐specific suggestions for policies to address these needs. The intersection between food security and housing has seen an increasing amount of activity in terms of programming but little in the way of research or policy. The report provides three categories of evidence: 1) academic research findings regarding the relationship between food security and health among vulnerable populations, 2) interviews with residents of the DTES regarding the food security issues they face and 3) focus groups and interviews with food and housing providers in the DTES on what types of infrastructure, programming and building contexts are most critical for enhancing food security and housing in the neighbourhood.

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