100% welfare/pension rate housing at 58 W Hastings & end renovictions now!

Register to speak at regular Council meeting

Two important motions on 58 W Hastings & Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs are set to be heard at a regular Council meeting on November 13, 9:30 am

Next week, we are asking people to request to speak at the regular Council meeting or to email in a statement to support two motions:
Motion B4. 58 West Hastings Street (Click here to read motion)
Motion B10. Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs (Click here to read motion)

Request to speak here and be sure to select Motion B4 and Motion B10.

If you cannot speak in person, send in a letter with a statement supporting the two motions. To send your statement via email, make sure to send it to city staff, Davin Fung at Davin.Fung@vancouver.ca and Vancouver mayor and city councillors at: Kennedy.Stewart@vancouver.caRebecca.Bligh@vancouver.caChristine.Boyle@vancouver.caAdriane.Carr@vancouver.camelissa.degenova@vancouver.ca;Lisa.Dominato@vancouver.caPete.Fry@vancouver.caColleen.Hardwick@vancouver.caSarah.Kirby-Yung@vancouver.caJean.Swanson@vancouver.caMichael.Wiebe@vancouver.ca 

Issue overview 

100% welfare and pension rate housing at 58 West Hastings now!

In the course of 10 years of community campaign for housing at 58 W Hastings, a broad consensus has emerged in the Downtown Eastside calling for city to provide much-needed housing for those in extreme need. Our priority is to house tenants who are on social assistance and pension rates, currently being priced out of their community by gentrification. 

This site is on the faultline of a mass dislocation of poor people that the Woodwards development accelerated in 2010, where the community lost 450 social housing units and gained only 125 units of social housing for those on welfare and pension. It is critical to reverse this trend and prioritize low-income residents to live in dignity in their community. Demand 100% welfare and pension rate housing at 58 West Hastings and support Motion B4! 

End Renovictions! Protect tenants and affordable units!

In the name of “renovations”, landlords get rid of tenants and transform affordable housing into luxury housing. Landlords interested only in profit, often hire companies to renovict before tenants are even aware of their rights. Tenants are also aggressively pressured to accept buyouts. We need protection from greedy landlords! Take action and appeal to Council to support Motion B10 now!

Take Action

Support Motion B4 and Motion B10 by requesting to speak or sending in a statement. Make sure your statement is unique and reflects your own thoughts and experiences. Not sure what to say? Here’s a guide:

1) Keep your comments short – Individuals speaking have 5 minutes to speak while organizations have 8 minutes.

2) Start with introducing yourself and your relationship to the Downtown Eastside

3) State clearly that you support the motion

4) Appeal to Council why Motion B4/Motion B10 should be passed

  • Motion B4. 58 West Hastings Street should be passed because…
    • We need 100% welfare and pension rate housing at 58 West Hastings because 1200 homeless people and 3000 SRO residents live in the DTES without decent, affordable housing
    • 100% welfare and pension rate housing is critical because it is proven that social mix does not work and contributes to gentrification and mass dislocation of poor people as seen with the Woodwards development
    • The proposed project the city is going with could provide as few as 70 units instead of 300 at a time with record high homelessness.
    • Over 500 units of low-income housing were lost to low-income people last year in 2017 (Balmoral Hotel, Quality Inn, Roddan Lodge, Jubilee Rooms);
    • The DTES desperately needs a development to counteract the gentrification brought on by Woodwards.  A 100% low-income development close to Woodwards will help.
  • Motion B10. Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs should be passed because…
    • In the DTES, tenants are vulnerable and easy to harass because many do not know their rights and cannot deal with pressure while already living under stressful conditions
    • Payouts from landlords seem good at first but do not last long because rents are constantly escalating. According to CCAP’s 2017 Hotel Report, 23 SRO hotels rent in the $1000 range
    • After being pushed out, low-income residents are vulnerable to become homeless
    • There is a lack of rent control and rent is tied to the person rather than the unit