Rally: We Refuse a World With Homelessness

Our Homes Can’t Wait (OHCW) acknowledges that this event is being organized on the occupied, unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

What: Rally – We refuse a world with homelessness
When: 6:30 pm, Friday, June 23
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (Hornby & Robson side)

On Friday, June 23, the NDP will be hosting a $350-a-person fundraising dinner at the five-star, Fairmont Vancouver Hotel. Meanwhile, hundreds of people continue to die in British Columbia as a result of the escalating homelessness crisis.

The Our Homes Can’t Wait coalition is calling on the NDP/Green government to take immediate action so that people who are currently homeless have secure permanent homes by winter. British Columbians voted for change, but so far the party platforms and joint agreements do not reflect a genuine plan to address homelessness and the housing crisis.

Our Homes Can’t Wait has endorsed the following measures to tackle homelessness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside:
-Build housing at welfare/pension rate on 10 city-owned sites in the DTES;
-Preserve and improve all SRO hotels until social housing is built for SRO residents and homeless people;
-Implement rent control based on the unit, not the tenant, with a rent freeze until the housing crisis is over; and
-Build 100% welfare/pension rate, community controlled housing at 58 W. Hastings.

Join us for a rally and speeches at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6:30 pm. From there we will march to the Fairmont Vancouver where DTES residents will deliver their presentations to the NDP. *For those in the DTES area, meet us at 6 pm at VANDU (80 E Hastings St) to travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery together.

Read more about our Community Vision for Change and Our Homes Can’t Wait here.

The Our Homes Can’t Wait campaign and the community vision for 58 W Hastings has so far been endorsed by Carnegie Community Action Project, Carnegie Community Centre Association, The Drug Users Resource Centre, Gallery Gachet, Alliance Against Displacement, Carnegie African Descent Group, Vancouver IWW, COSCO Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C., Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, WAHRS – Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, First United – Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Pivot Legal Society, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Chinatown Concern Group 唐人街關注組, Chinatown Action Group 華埠行動小組, Aboriginal Front Door, and Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative