Did you know? In Vancouver:
- 65,000 people who are spending more than 50% of their income on housing are facing homelessness.
- BC Housing has 5 year wait list. One person was told he better be prepared to go to a shelter as there are an awful lot of people like him on fixed incomes and facing renovictions.
- More than half of Vancouverites live in rental housing. But more than 81 per cent of the current rental housing was built in the 50’s and needs upgrading.
- People most affected are too busy surviving and lack the capacity to fight.
Meet CCEC Member and Inman Award Nominee, The Social Housing Alliance (SHA), who are changing their name to Alliance Against Displacement. They feel this will better represent their movement's roots in displacement due to real estate, and Indigeneous displacement due to resource extraction. Sign up for their newspaper, The Volcano, and learn how our low-income, working class & Indigenous communities are struggling for social justice in Vancouver & in BC.
Why we belong to CCEC:
CCEC reflects our movement’s values.
Housing, like food, is a basic human right. We all need affordable, good, secure housing to live a healthy life, to enjoy our friends and families, and to contribute to our communities. Vancouver and BC has a housing crisis.
Those at risk of being homeless are not only in the Downtown Eastside. For example, SFU students are evicted from student housing; and renoviction is becoming too common in the Metrotown area. It used to be that you were evicted for being a bad tenant. Today, you’re more likely to be evicted because you’re in the way of someone maximizing their profit.
Letizia Waddington, volunteer organizer says, “We see the need to organize on a daily basis, the challenge is that people most affected are too busy surviving, and the greater proportion of British Columbians believe that they will be fine with working hard.”
Their platform to end the housing crisis in BC is:
· BUILD 10,000 units of good quality social housing per year.
· FUND and support community-based solutions to the housing crisis.
· PRIORITIZE social housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those most discriminated against.
· SAVE existing low-rent housing.
· PROTECT and empower tenants.
· INCLUDE everyone who needs housing.
For more information: http://thevolcano.org/ The website is being updated.