Jean Swanson: Homelessness a problem that just keeps growing and growing

While serving drinks at the Patricia Hotel in the early ’70s, she, by chance, met social-justice activists Libby Davies and Bruce Eriksen, which led indirectly to a job at the fledgling DTES residents association. The rest, as they say, is history, although Swanson is always loath to talk about her part. “It can’t be personal, it can’t be about Jean,” she said.