When: 11 am to 2 pm, Saturday, May 21
Where: 58 W Hastings, across from Army and Navy
On Saturday, May 21st, Our Homes Can’t Wait is organizing a community paint-in party at 58 West Hastings, with food, speeches, painting and music. The City wants to build a gentrifying social mix project at 58 W Hastings, with only a fraction of the units going to low-income people on welfare and pension. Come on May 21st and join us in sending a message to City Hall that we are united and we won’t be policed out, priced out or pushed out of the DTES! We need decent housing we can afford!
Join us for food, speeches, drumming, music, painting and FUN! All ages are welcome and non-toxic paints will be available for children to use.
Groups representing or serving over 9000 people have endorsed the Our Homes Can’t Wait Campaign to get 10 sites for 100% welfare, pension rate social housing in the Downtown Eastside, improving and saving SRO hotels and a rent freeze. The groups have also endorsed a community vision for 58 W Hastings.
The community vision is so far 100% social housing at welfare rate housing Indigenous, Chinese, homeless, and SRO residents, with at least 50% of units for women and some units for people with disabilities. The building would be run by and accountable to residents similar to the way co-ops are run, with residents covered by the Residential Tenancy Act and residents trained and paid to provide maintenance; Bottom floor to be free meeting space for community, cultural supports and peer services and amenities like garden on top, balconies, fitness room. Units should be a minimum of 500 sq. ft in size.
The Our Homes Can’t Wait campaign and the community vision for 58 W Hastings has so far been endorsed by: Carnegie Community Centre Association, Carnegie Community Action Project, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction, First United Church, DURC, Pivot, DTES Women’s Centre, DTES Neighbourhood House, Chinatown Action Group and Aboriginal Front Door.
The event will be taking place on the unceded coast salish territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Wauthuth (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) and Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw) peoples.
Last Chance for a Low-Income Neighbourhood! Town Hall Meeting
Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 1-3 pm
Place: Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, corner of Main & Hastings, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Snacks and coffee will be served
The next 6 weeks are a critical moment for the future of the DTES. The City of Vancouver has released its draft Plan for the next 30 years. The Plan will decide who will be able to afford to live in the DTES and who will get pushed out.
The Plan goes to City Council on March 12, 2014. Should the low-income community support the plan? What can we do to take action? Come to a Town Hall Meeting at the Carnegie Community Centre to let us know what you think.
We’ll give a short presentation on key points on the LAPP. Then we’ll ask you which parts (if any) of the City’s Plan the Low-Income Caucus, and the community, should support.
We’ll end by planning actions leading up to the March 12th, when the Plan will go to City Council.
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION: The Hotel Study – Mental Health and Drug Use in Hotels
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) invites you to a presentation and discussion:
“The Hotel Study – an evaluation of psychiatric illness, substance misuse and medical problems in the DTES”
– Dr. Bill MacEwan
DATE: Friday, June 14, 2013
TIME: 11:15 am
PLACE: Theatre, Carnegie Community Centre
Everyone welcome! Please bring your observations, reflections, questions and concerns.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Meet at corner of Main & Hastings for a march on Hastings
BLOCK CONDOS TODAY TO BUILD SOCIAL HOUSING TOMORROW!
CREATE A SOCIAL JUSTICE ZONE IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE!
Over the past two-weeks the Anti-Gentrification Caucus of the DTES Local Area Planning Process has been organizing a petition drive and outreach campaign to mobilize the low-income community against gentrification and displacement and for social housing and other low-income community assets.
Tuesday is the day to come out in defence of the DTES low-income community. We will march together to key sites in the neighbourhood where speakers will explain why this community is so important, why the city must help defend it against real estate development, and how we will struggle on together.
Now is the critical moment because the city is currently drafting the basic points for their plan for the next 30 years of development in the DTES and we must stand up and speak out together to make the voices of the low-income community heard.
We acknowledge that the Downtown Eastside occupies the unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish Coast Salish Nations.
In the next weeks, City Hall will release its bottomlines for the development future of yet-unplanned parts of the DTES. The Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) Anti-Gentrification Caucus has released its own bottomline: A plan for a Social Justice Zone in the DTES where low-income communities can continue to build a healthy, safe and just community themselves.
Join us to demand that the City of Vancouver adopt the policies proposed by low-income DTES residents as the truthful outcome of the LAPP!
What’s the LAPP?
For two years, low-income Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents have been working on a Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) is a plan for the development future of yet-unplanned parts of the Downtown Eastside, including the DTES Oppenheimer District, Hastings Corridor and Thornton Park. The City of Vancouver promised the LAPP would “improve the lives of those who currently live in the area, particularly low-income people and those who are most vulnerable.”
To read more about the Social Justice Zone: https://ccapvancouver.wordpress.com/category/city-planning/social-justice-zone/
May 9, 2013: Residents at Town Hall Meeting Want to Stop Displacement
About 40 people unanimously agreed to fight for better housing and to try to stop displacement of low income people in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) at a Town Hall meeting on May 9, 2013. The meeting was sponsored by the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) to inform local residents of the impact of gentrification on hotel room rents and brainstorm about what we can do to stop displacement of low income residents from their homes in the DTES.
About half of the people attending the meeting said they knew of someone who had become homeless because of the housing crisis. Then Ivan Drury presented the results of CCAP’s 5th annual hotel report, “We’re Trying to Get Rid of the Welfare People.”
Drury said the report shows that:
- 426 rooms were lost to rents at $425 a month or higher between 2011 and 2012;
- Only a handful of hotels have all their rents at $375 or lower and most of them are run by Chinese benevolent societies;
- While Woodwards does provide 125 units of good housing for low income single people, the gentrifying impact of Woodwards caused rents in 404 surrounding hotel rooms to go up beyond what low income people can afford—some now rent for $700 to $1000 a month.
Drury went on to explain that the city gave developers the right to build condo towers up to 15 stories. As a result new projects with 561 condos and only 11 social housing units at welfare rate are in the works there. They will probably have a similar gentrifying impact , pushing up rents in hotels in Chinatown.
“When [the city] makes decisions they don’t even listen to what we say,” said Carol Martin. “They totally leave us out. It’s a violation of human rights.”
Drury said that hotel rents in the Oppenheimer district have been somewhat protected because of special zoning that requires developers in that area to build 20% social housing. This requirement has kept condos out of the area surrounding Oppenheimer Park until now. Three new condo proposals are now proposed for that district, meaning that land values and hotel and store rents will start going up.
“This is the 11th hour,” said Wendy Pedersen. “How can we force the city to give us a Social Justice Zone?”
People at the meeting brainstormed for ways we can work to stop gentrification and the rent increases. Some ideas included getting rent control, direct action, building alliances with other groups in and outside the DTES, working with Coast Salish Elders, and trying to get a Social Justice Zone in the Oppenheimer, Thornton Park and Hastings Corridor areas.
Victoria Bull said that when the government tried to take the territory of her band in Alberta, “we all stood together” and stopped it. “We should all band together now in the DTES,” she said.
Drury explained that if zoning the Oppenheimer area required 100% social housing, and 70% for Thornton Park and the Hastings Corridor, the community could stave off condos until we can get funding from the province and federal government to house the homeless and replace the hotel rooms with self contained social housing.
Another Town Hall will discuss the idea of a Social Justice Zone on May 20th, 1 to 3 pm in the Carnegie Theatre.