Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7 – 9 pm
Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main Street
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
What’s a “renoviction”? Why are so many Single Room Occupancy hotels becoming more expensive? What does all this have to do with homelessness, gentrification and “housing affordability” in the rest of the city? What can we do to take action? Come hear from SRO residents, DTES community members, organizers, researchers and lawyers.
– DJ Larkin, PIVOT Legal Society
– Wendy Pederson, Community Organizer
– Jean Swanson, Carnegie Community Action Project
– The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
– Herb Varley, Local Area Planning Process Low-Income
Caucus/former SRO resident
– Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society
If you plan on coming to the workshop, and if you need any supports to participate, including child care, dinner, or transportation, please RSVP to Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-665-2105
WHY A FORUM ON RENOVICTIONS?
Property values are escalating in the DTES and across the city, making real estate an even more profitable venture. In the DTES, landlords who own Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotels are making use of a powerful tool to raise the rents in their buildings. A “renoviction” happens when a landlord gets rid of low-income a tenant, makes minor upgrades or renovations to a room, and then rents it out to a new tenant for a much higher price.
SROs have long been considered the last stop before homelessness for low-income DTES residents. It is estimated that close to 4,000 low-income DTES residents live in privately-owned SRO rooms. In the last two years, at least 650 units have risen beyond what low-income people can afford. Meanwhile, the 2013 Vancouver Homeless Count revealed that homelessness in Vancouver has risen by over 200% since the last count.
Come find out why rents are rising, why the Residential Tenancy Act and the City of Vancouver’s Single Room Accommodations (SRA) bylaw do not prevent landlords from raising rents in SROs and how we can organize to stop renovictions.
For more information: www.ccapvancouver.wordpress.com