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 english speaking and Chinese speaking DTES residents in speaking out on their own behalf for the changes they would like to see in their neighbourhood.
Chinatown Concern Group
In 2013, we hired a Cantonese-speaking organizer, King-mong Chan and after a year of initial meetings and conversations, the Chinese-speaking residents-based Chinatown Concern Group formed in 2014. The Chinatown Concern Group consists mainly of Chinese residents of Chinatown and Downtown Eastside, and works with others in Chinatown to get more housing that low-income Chinese seniors can afford and to preserve businesses that cater to the low income Chinese community.
Carnegie African Descent Group
The Carnegie African Descent Group (CADG) has the same mandate as CCAP, but with a particular focus on issues that Black and African Descent community members experience. CADG hosts a weekly lunch gathering at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House every Tuesdays, from 11:00 am till 1:30 pm. DTES community members who identify as Black and or as of African Descent are welcome to the lunch. Come, cook, talk and enjoy African dishes with us.
Annual SRO Hotel Survey
Each year CCAP conducts a rent survey of all privately owned Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) Hotels in the Downtown Eastside. CCAP’s annual Hotel Survey and Housing report measures whether low income people can afford to remain living in their community. With about 8,500 low income people in the community surviving on welfare and disability, and about 4,000 on seniors’ pensions, most residents have only about $375- $403 a month for rent. The survey for the 2017 SRO Hotel Report is going on right now. Read our past hotel reports here.
Retail Gentrification Mapping Project
As part of the City’s Community Economic Development Process, CCAP has been asked to come map retail in the Downtown Eastside. Some of the questions we are trying to answer through the process, includes: what retail serves low-income people? What retail excludes low-income people and or contributes to the gentrification of the Downtown Eastside? Is there such a thing as low-income retail, or are DTES residents incomes too low to even afford anything at market rates. Report is forthcoming. You can read about zones of exclusion here.
Our Community Vision of Mental Health
CCAP is currently in process of a participatory research project on mental health in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). In response to the City of Vancouver’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions, which currently has only three of over sixty members who are DTES community participants with experience of the mental health care system, we want to create an alternative community vision for mental health. A community vision that centers and builds of the voices of community members with experiences of mental illness and more broadly directly affected by the mental health ‘crisis’.