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  Monday, Jan 29, 2018 

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Got Housing?

Housing group say it's a mass exodus from the DTES

By Aiyanas Ormond, Our Homes Can't Wait



ince 2007, Downtown Eastside residents have struggled to get the site at 58 W. Hastings for social housing for low-income community members. Residents and supporters have marched through the streets, organized two tent cities including the 2010 Olympic tent city and 2016 tent city, guided tours with BC's new government, and held countless public meetings, demonstrations, and more.


There have been important victories at this site. In 2008, Concord Pacific was forced to pause its 154 units of condos at 58 W Hastings after a year of community resistance. In 2010, Olympic tent city led by Indigenous women and elders won the immediate demand for housing all homeless residents living on the site. Following a second tent city in 2016, Mayor Gregor Robertson signed a commitment to build 100% welfare and pension rate, community-controlled social housing at 58 W Hastings.

Since then, the city has reneged on its promise. Instead of a project that would provide over 300 units to low-income people, the city is moving along with a project that could provide as few as 70 units at a time with record high homelessness. 

Based on the past decade of struggle and recent victories, the community is determined to secure 58 West Hastings as 100 percent social housing at welfare and pension rates.

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. Our Homes Can't Wait coalition (OHCW) wants to reverse this trend and prioritize low-income residents to live in dignity in their community.

Speakers at the press conference will include residents from Chinatown and the DTES, and OHCW representatives from the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, Power of Women, Chinatown Action Group, Carnegie Community Action Project, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, Carnegie African Descent Group, Vancouver Area Network of Drug and more. 

See more here.


About Our Homes Can't Wait Coalition
Our Homes Canít Wait is a coalition of groups that want more social housing at welfare and pension rates in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The Our Homes Canít Wait campaign and the community vision for 58 W Hastings has so far been endorsed by Union of BC Indian Chiefs, 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 Citizensí Organizations of B.C., Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, WAHRS Ė Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society, First United Ė Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Pivot Legal Society, Downtown Eastside Womenís 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


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