A man who found temporary shelter in a Dartmouth hotel is back to sleeping in the park after a floor of unhoused residents were evicted, with less than 24 hours notice.
Volunteers who were distributing care packages to clients at the hotel were alerted by cleaning staff about the changes -- something clients and their housing support workers had no prior knowledge of.
The People's Park is run by the PADS (Permanent, Accessible, Dignified, and Safe) community network. Volunteers, and their clients, were equally shocked to find out on Tuesday that those seeking shelter at the Dartmouth Comfort Inn would have less than 24 hours to leave the premises.
Rachelle Sauve, spokesperson for the Permanent Accessible Dignified Safe (PADS) Community Network, tells News 95.7 that the hotel had given the city ample notice that units reserved for housing support would be needed as of today, adding the city dropped the ball when it came to offering alternative supports to unhoused clients. Sauve also worries this displacement will increase the 'tent city' developing in the HRM.
An employee at the Dartmouth hotel confirmed that four guests were evicted Tuesday, with another four being evicted on Wednesday morning.
Kay, one of the unhoused guests impacted by this decision, asks, "how can you get somebody's hope up and then knock them down like this?" Kay was previously a resident of PADS People's Park, and will now return to the park as the hotel room is no longer an option.