LILAHC: The Low-income Land use And Housing Coalition

“Nothing about us without us”

(Motto courtesy of VANDU)
 May 14, 2009

Dear DTES neighbours and allies:

Please consider adding your name to a list of DTES resident groups, service providers and allies who support the motion below. This motion is championed by the Carnegie Community Action Project and LILAHC (Low-Income Land Use and Housing Coalition*). The City of Vancouver has been asking us if we support a Local Area Planning Process in the DTES as they are considering whether or not to recommend it to council. Low-income residents are in a good position to negotiate for a few key terms for this planning process. Please feel free to contact us for more information or just send us your group’s name and we’ll add it to the list. There is no deadline for  endorsements at this point.

Given that:

1) Low-income residents of the DTES make up 75% of the population;

2) Low-income residents need social housing, health services, neighbourhood oriented retail and better incomes to have a low-income friendly neighbourhood;

3) City-led planning processes must reflect the composition of the resident base in the DTES;

4) The DTES includes all seven sub-areas: Oppenheimer District, Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, Thorton Park, Chinatown, Industrial and Victory Square;

5) The definition of low-income is based on the Federal Government’s 2007 LICO (low-income cut off) which defines a single person in a city as low-income if they have under $22,000 a year or $35,000 for a two parent family with 2 children.

Therefore the following organizations support or will participate in a local area planning process that:

1) Has a vision, goal and implementation mechanisms to create and maintain a safe, affordable and healthy low-income neighbourhood;

2) Has a steering committee made up of low-income DTES residents and their representatives in proportion to their population;

3) And will take about one year.

Endorsed by:

Aboriginal Front Door
ACCESS Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society
Atira Women’s Resource Society
BC Person’s With AIDS Society
Carnegie Community Action Project
Carnegie Community Centre Association
Carnegie Seniors Centre
Citywide Housing Coalition
CRAB: Water for Life
DTES Community Arts Network
DTES Centre for the Arts
DTES Neighbourhood House
DTES Women Centre Power to Women Group
Environmental Youth Alliance
EWMA Enterprising Women Making Art
Faithful Public Witness Committee of the Vancouver-Burrard Presbytery
Fearless TV
February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee
Flux Design (area business)
Four Sisters Housing Co-op
Four Sisters Co-op Child & Youth Committee
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement
Gallery Gachet
Grandview Woodlands Area Council
Homelessness & Mental Health Action Group, St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church
Impact on Communities Coalition
Lookout Emergency Aid Society
Longhouse Council of Native Ministry
Lore Krill Housing Cooperative
Low-Income Land Use and Housing Coalition
Lutheran Urban Mission
Mission Possible
PIVOT Legal Society
Portland Hotel Society
Prostitution Alternatives Counceling & Education (PACE)
Senior’s Stitch ‘n’ Time Group
SFU Teaching Staff and Support Union
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir
Streams of Justice
Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
VANDU Women’s Group
Vancouver Flying University
Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
WISH Drop In Centre Society

*More info about LILAHC can be found at: