Draft Local Area Plan vs. Low-Income Caucus’ Demands

How does the draft Local Area Plan from the City of Vancouver square with the low-income caucus’ demands for what our community needs?  Here’s a quick view (see below or download pdf here)

Remember to sign the petition in support for the low-income caucus’ position.  You can find it circulating in the community as well as in our office on the 2nd floor of Carnegie Centre. Tell your friends to sign too!

Quick view: The Low Income Caucus demands versus the City’s Local Area Plan (LAP)

 

General points

  • The future of the DTES should be planned with an Indigenous lens. Though the LAP mentions Aboriginal  people and communities, it is not written with an Indigenous lens.
  • The Terms of Reference are paraphrased at the beginning of the LAP in a way that minimizes the purpose of plan. The Terms of Reference should read “the purpose of the LAPP is to improve the future for all residents, especially low income and vulnerable residents.”

Low Income Caucus Demands

City LAP

Designate enough land for 5000 units of housing within 10 years (about 50 lots).

 

Designate 3 lots for housing within 30 years.
Build 5000 units of housing for homeless and low income residents in the DTES within 10 years Build 4400 units of social housing within 30 years. Only one-third (1,467 units) will be at welfare/pension rate.Build 3350 social housing units outside the DTES.  It is unclear how many will be at welfare or pension rate.

 

Reduce minimum unit size from 320 sq. ft to 250.

Define social housing so that people on welfare with a shelter allowance of $375 a month, pensioners and people who can’t afford market rents can afford social housing. Rent social housing units inside the DTES as follows: 1/3 at welfare rate ($375), 1/3 up to HILS  rate ($850 for a bachelor) and 1/3 at “affordable” market rate.Outside the DTES, the city “target” for social housing is 50% at welfare or HILS rate and 50% at market rental rate. No commitments are made.

 

Require 60% of all new developments in the DEOD to be social housing and 40% to be rental housing. Require 60% social housing and 40% rental housing in DEOD. Businesses wanting to expand don’t have to put in any social housing. 
Require 33% of all new housing in Thornton Park and the Hastings Corridor to be social housing available to people on welfare and basic pension and 33% to be available for the working poor at HILS rate. Require 20-30% of all new housing in Hastings Corridor to be social housing, with only 1/3 (or 6.7%-10% of all units) to be at welfare rate. No requirement of social housing in Thornton Park. 
Hold landlords accountable for bad conditions. Upgrade 2200 SROs, including buildings owned by the province. Give incentives to 1100 privately-owned SROs to become non-profit managed and upgraded with bathrooms and kitchens.
Stop renovictions.  No guarantee that people won’t be evicted due to higher rents and smaller number of units.
Bring in real rent control. Request that rent increases be tied to the designated SRA unit rather than the tenant.
Create a process directed by low-income people to approve of deny new business applications. Create an “enhanced notification” process for new development applications. Give awareness package to development applicant. Create a checklist for city staff to use with all new development and business license applications.
Provide job training for anyone who wants it. Facilitate training programs.
Require local business to hire local residents. No requirement.
Ensure safety for all.  Stop criminalizing sex work and vending. Implement city’s Sex Work Task Force recommendations.
Stop abuse by police and security guards. Support neighbourhood/Vancouver Police Department dialogues.
 Create a special office directed by low income and Indigenous residents to receive complaints and direct investigations. No mention.
Create an Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centre with intergenerational housing. No mention.
Fund peer run mental health services. Support  for peer run support programs “for those with mental health and/or addictions”
Fund harm reduction services, detox and treatment on demand. Work through Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions.
Fund social services that provide safety and choices. Work through Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions.
End discrimination so everyone can get the services they need. No mention.
Make the DTES a sanctuary zone. No mention.