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Hamilton's Last Call: A look at urban renewal and and its impact on the poor

City revitalization efforts can often pose challenging issues for individuals in terms of finding and maintaining adequate housing. In response to the more recent examples of renewal efforts within the city, the Roomers and Borders Committee of Hamilton is hosting a night of film and discussion to look at what can happen when rooming houses become the territory over which tenants and developers compete for use of space.

The night will feature the screening of Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel, a documentary by Derreck Roemer and Neil Graham which follows the restoration of the building from “flophouse to hotspot”, and subsequent displacement of tenants following that transition.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion of rooming house tenants, community legal clinic lawyers, researchers on housing and homelessness, and the Rooming House Co-Ordinator of Hamilton to evaluate how these trends are taking shape in Hamilton.

Free! Everyone is welcome to attend.

Hosted by the Roomers and Boarders Committee of Hamilton.

Posted by Sara

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