Downtown Eastside residents protest on the anniversary of Mayor Gregor's broken promise
Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories – Vancouver, Unceded Territories – On this day two years ago, the Downtown Eastside community won 100% welfare/pension-rate housing at 58 West Hastings. City council is now trying to go backwards on its commitment. We are coming together to pressure council to build the housing we need.
This event will mark the next step in the Our Homes Can’t Wait campaign for 58 West Hastings. Beginning on August 23, the OHCW Coalition will launch “58 days for 58” leading up to the October 20th municipal election to demand Vancouver City Council keeps its promise to deliver 100% welfare/pension-rate housing at 58 West Hastings.
Each day evictions and homelessness continue to worsen in our community. In the DTES and elsewhere, the failed “social mix” model combines under-funded social housing with poor-door segregation and an overall loss of affordable housing due to government-funded gentrification. Gentrification puts market pressure on existing low-income housing and creates an overall loss of our much-needed housing assets. The OHCW sees the potential development at 58 West Hastings as an ideal opportunity to implement a new model based in principles of community control and a genuine commitment to social housing.
The OHCW coalition recognizes that this event takes place on the stolen territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
What: Take back 58: Rally & march
When: 3:00 pm, Thursday, August 2nd
Where: Start at Main & Hastings Street, end at 58 W. Hastings (right across from Army Navy store)
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About Our Homes Can't Wait Coalition
Our Homes Can’t Wait is a coalition of groups that want more social housing in the Downtown Eastside. 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
Lama Mugabo, OHCW Organizer
Phone: (604) 715 9565