The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) meets every Friday at 11:15 on the 3rd floor of the Carnegie Centre. Join us! (Meeting in English)

** Read the 2014 CCAP Hotel Survey and Housing Report: “On the Brink: the DTES Housing Crisis ** (PUBLISHED MARCH 2015)

The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is a project of the board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association. CCAP works mostly on housing, income, and land use issues in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver so that the area can remain a low income friendly community. CCAP works with DTES residents in speaking out on their own behalf for the changes they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

We will shut down condos too!

CCAP in action


Unite4Chinatown | 團結為唐人街



Unite4Chinatown is a campaign organized by CCAP’s Chinatown Concern Group, in response to how gentrification is transforming Chinatown and threatening its future.  The Concern Group has initiated a petition campaign calling for AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON ALL MARKET DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN CHINATOWN until there is comprehensive community consultation and clear policies to protect the future of Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Sign the Petition

Join us in calling for the protection of Chinatown’s character, heritage, and cultural assets!  PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD WIDELY! (Comments submitted through signing the petition or through the form on the right will be made into these images for the slideshow).


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The petition is also being circulated in the Downtown Eastside in paper form for those without internet access.  The paper petition also calls for changes in policies for low-income housing:

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2) CREATE INCLUSIONARY ZONING POLICY to require that at least 50% of all new housing built in Chinatown are developed as social housing

3) DEFINE SOCIAL HOUSING IN CHINATOWN to mean housing in which all units are rented at rates no higher than $375/month

Notes: One does not need to agree with all three points to sign the paper petition (simply circle the points
you agree with).

If you have already signed the paper petition, you do not need to sign the online petition as well

** A list of tabling times and locations will be posted on this website and on Facebook for people to sign the paper petition **


  1. SPREAD the online petition (http://bit.ly/unite4chinatown) to your networks via email, social media etc.
  2. ENCOURAGE those without internet access to drop by the table to sign the paper petition (see list of tabling times)
  3. HELP TABLING – The more volunteers we have, the more awareness we create and the more signatures we will collect for this petition.  Contact King-mong Chan (kingmong_chan[at]hotmail.com / 778-996-8223) if you are interested in helping with tabling.
  4. ENDORSE – Ask organizations you are a part of or that you know to endorse our petition, clearly indicating which (if not all three) points the organization supports


Supporting Documents:

For Relevant Media Articles see here


Carnegie Association Statement on Gentrification and Anti-Gentrification Protests

Gena Thompson, President of the Carnegie Community Centre Association, issued the following statement today April 11, 2013.

Carnegie Community Centre Association CCCA is a grassroots organization that supports programs at the Carnegie Community Centre and works to give voice to low-income Downtown Eastside DTES residents. Our board of directors is elected democratically and represents some 5000 members of the Carnegie Centre.There has been considerable confusion in the media and in the public eye about our project, the Carnegie Community Action Project CCAP, and its role in the various anti-gentrification actions currently underway in the DTES. We formed CCAP 17 years ago to be a research and advocacy organization whose goal is to track the real effects of poverty and gentrification on low-income DTES people, and to seek to protect and expand the assets and tenure of the low-income community in the neighbourhood. At the core of this work at present is CCAP’s 2010 document, “Assets to Action: Community Vision for Change in the Downtown Eastside” and the 12 key actions the report identified after collecting the stories and views of over 1200 DTES residents.CCAP, its few employees, and numerous volunteers, occasionally plan and execute protest actions in support of the 12 key actions. These actions come from the grassroots, street level, straight from the minds of low-income people living in the Downtown Eastside, and have the complete support of the CCCA. Recently, some neighbourhood protests have been attributed to CCAP which they have not organized. CCCA endorses Homeless Dave’s hunger strike, along with numerous community organizations including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, but had no role in organizing it. Other actions, which have included smashing windows and stealing private property, are completely outside of CCCA’s mandate from the community and go against our non-violent values, yet have been wrongly linked in the media with CCAP and its organizers.CCCA supports the democratic right to protest.

Carnegie Community Centre Association president Gena Thompson with "My Brooklyn" director Kelly Anderson and producer Allison Lirish Dean

Carnegie Community Centre Association president Gena Thompson with “My Brooklyn” director Kelly Anderson and producer Allison Lirish Dean


Gena Thompson

Carnegie Community Centre Association