Who we are
DTES Response is a coordinated groundwork effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Groups in the Downtown Eastside are uniting more than ever to ensure this unprecedented threat does not disproportionately affect the most vulnerable in our communities.
What we’re doing
We’re mobilizing resources and coordinating operations to immediately respond to this crisis. There are 15,000 people at risk in the DTES which include 3,000 who are homeless and 4,700 at high risk in privately run SRO’s. We’re mobilizing resources and coordinating operations to mitigate the challenges. We are activating networks in the community to create a stop-gap plan for the most urgent needs. For instance: providing food, cellphones, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, access to transportations and money for loss of income.
Money raised from the DTES Response Fund go directly to these groups supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community:
DTES SRO Collaborative, Overdose Prevention Site, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, Tenant Overdose Response Organizers Program.