ACTION: Say “No!” to the 288 E. Hastings development application and rally for 100% social housing
Monday, January 25, 2016 — 1pm
Chinatown Plaza’s food court (180 Keefer St.)
卑詩省房屋局及業主發展商Wall Financial Corporation想興建一座十二層高（120尺）
Evicting seven retail serving the low-income and Chinese community, BC Housing and landlord-developer Wall Financial Corporation want to build a 12-storey (120 ft) tower at the corner of Gore and E. Hastings St.
As a result of development pressures, Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside is gentrifying rapidly. We are losing businesses that serve the low-income and Chinese community; furthermore we are seeing high-end retail moving in and luxury developments being built, catering towards wealthier, mainly White, people. Where will low-income and Chinese residents and seniors go to buy what their daily goods? What will become of Chinatown if this continues?
Displacement of businesses that serve the low-income and Chinese community needs to stop!
The application is for a total of 172 units: 68 units of market rental and 104 units of “social housing.” However, only 34 of these “social housing” units are truly affordable to low-income people ($375/month for singles). Due to the City’s definition of “social housing, the remaining 70 units can rent up to $912/month for singles. Furthermore, more market housing will also result in rising rents for currently affordable housing units in the area.
We need 100% social housing units that are truly affordable to low-income people, not discriminating against them because they are “too poor.”
We say “No!” to the 288 E. Hastings St. development application!
Join us and speak out!
1) Gather with us at Chinatown Plaza’s food court (180 Keefer St.) at 1pm on Monday, January 25, 2016.We will transit to Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue) for a rally at 2:30pm
2) Speak at the Development Permit Board meeting at 3pm at City Hall – Town Hall Meeting Room (1st Floor), and tell them to reject the developer’s application! Sign-up to speak by calling 604-873-7770 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org