PROTECT THE DTES! BUILD 100% SOCIAL HOUSING AT #58WHASTINGS NOW!
Following on the historic victory to stop the Beedie development at 105 Keefer in Chinatown, Downtown Eastside and Chinatown residents are calling on the City of Vancouver to build 100% social housing at welfare and pension rates at 58 West Hastings.
What: 58 West Hastings St Rezoning Application Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm
Where: Vancouver City Hall 453 West 12th Ave. (south entrance on W 12th Avenue), near Cambie and Broadway
JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION:
1) ATTEND OUR ACTION at City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 PM
2) SIGN UP TO SPEAK at the Public Hearing on Jan. 16 or email Vancouver city council with your comments in support of 100% welfare and pension rate social housing at [email protected]
or call 604-829-4238 or phone 604-933-2001.
Not sure what to say? Here are reasons why we want 100% welfare/pension rate social housing:
— 1200 homeless people and 3000 SRO residents live in the DTES without decent, affordable housing
-Homeless people have half the life expectancy of other people in society
-Social mix does not work and contributes to gentrification and mass dislocation of poor people as seen with the Woodwards development
3) SIGN OUR PETITION — you.leadnow.ca/p/58WHastings
4) CONTACT MINISTER OF HOUSING, Selina Robinson and express your support for our community vision (email [email protected]
Read about the DTES community vision for 58 West Hastings and learn more about Our Homes Can't Wait here: carnegieaction.org/ourhomescantwait/
This event is being organized by the Our Homes Can't Wait Coalition on the occupied, unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Since 2007, Downtown Eastside residents have struggled to get the site at 58 W. Hastings for social housing for low-income community members. Residents and supporters have marched through the streets, organized two tent cities including the 2010 Olympic tent city and 2016 tent city, guided tours with BC's new government, and held countless public meetings, demonstrations, and more.
There have been important victories at this site. In 2008, Concord Pacific was forced to pause its 154 units of condos at 58 W Hastings after a year of community resistance. In 2010, Olympic tent city led by Indigenous women and elders won the immediate demand of housing all homeless residents living on the site. Following a second tent city in 2016, Mayor Gregor Robertson signed a commitment to build 100% welfare and pension rate, community-controlled social housing at 58 W Hastings.
Since then, the city has reneged on its promise. Instead of a project that would provide over 300 units to low-income people, the city is moving along with a project that could provide as few as 70 units at a time with record high homelessness.
Based on the past decade of struggle and recent victories, we are determined to secure 58 West Hastings as 100 percent social housing at welfare and pension rates.
This site is on the faultline of a mass dislocation of poor people that the Woodwards development accelerated in 2010, where the community lost 450 social housing units and gained only 125 units of social housing for those on welfare and pension. OHCW wants to reverse this trend and prioritize low-income residents to live in dignity in their community. Join us in making this a reality!