Our Community Vision for Change

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DTES Vision for the 100 Block 

The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, which sits on unceded Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh land, is a neighbourhood of historical importance that continues to stand as a local and international beacon of hope in resisting gentrification, the war on drugs, and colonization. The survival of the 100 Block, between Main and Columbia, as a “Community Hub” for the marginalized will be integral component of any strategy or vision for the City of Vancouver that is designed to mitigate the harms dealt by colonization, poverty, and other negative social determinants of health (i.e. violence against women, low education levels, a lack of social support networks, a lack of access to health services, etc.). As time has run out for the expropriation of the Regent and the Balmoral Hotels, with negotiations supposedly ending in May 2019, residents of this neighborhood remain worried that the City of Vancouver does not
support their interests nor the preservation of their neighbourhood.


Final Report:  Our Community Vision for Change

This is a summary of CCAP’s Vision and Action plan for the Downtown Eastside (DTES) based on over two years of intensive work by the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) with 1,200 low-income DTES residents, and in co-operation with many DTES organizations. This Vision is a declaration that the DTES low-income community has a right to exist in Vancouver and to seek improvements for itself.


Our Community Vision Draft Report: Seeing It Our Way

This is a report on three Planning Workshops that the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) held with 44 low-income residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in July and October 2009.  The Planning Workshops were the 5th stage of CCAP’s consultation process to involve low-income residents in making decisions about the future of our community. 


Mapping Report on DTES Community Assets and Challenges:
Our Place & Our Words

This is a report on 23 community mapping sessions that the Carnegie Community Action Project held with about 200 low-income residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. The mapping is the fourth stage of CCAP’s planning process to involve low-income residents in making decisions about the future of their community.


CCAP Interim Report on Community Visioning:
Nothing About Us Without Us

Between August 2007 and April 2008 the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) conducted 15 visioning sessions with almost 300 Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents. In March and April, CCAP had 655 residents fill out a one page questionnaire about the community.