Downtown Eastside Residents' Associaton

DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATON (DERA) is a grassroots community organization in VANCOUVER's historic central core. Formed in 1973 by a group of neighbourhood activists led by Bruce ERIKSEN, the group represents the interests of some of the city's poorest residents, many of them living in the area's hotels and rooming houses. Among other accomplishments, DERA has been active in getting improved street lighting and safer living conditions in rental accommodation in the area. It was also...

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