Friday September 20th 2019, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
organized by NEIGHBOURS AROUND THE NANAIMO STATION (NANS)
Croatian Cultural Centre, 2nd Floor, Room #4, 3250 Commercial Dr (close to Trout Lake Park) with the attendance of Councillors Colleen Hardwick and Jean Swanson
BELOW IS THE LETTER FROM NEIGHBOURS AROUND THE NANAIMO STATION (NANS):
NANS will hold a community meeting on Friday September 20th (flyer below). Councillors Colleen Hardwick and Jean Swanson have been invited and have confirmed their attendance. On the agenda will be Temporary Modular Housing and key points that the neighbours hope to put forward towards the achievement of a democratically-created city-wide plan for Vancouver.
OPEN LETTER TO VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL
Neighbours around the Nanaimo Skytrain
Station have been told by the City that fifty 320 sq ft units of Temporary
Modular Housing will be set up on the green patch next to the orchard at
the corner of Vanness and Copley, purportedly to house homeless people.
We, as a
community, support the building of permanent affordable housing in our
area. But we do not support Temporary Modular Housing because it
is substandard housing that will be torn down in five years and will certainly
be trash in less than a decade.
the building of housing like Brant Villa, the BC Housing complex we have on E.
24th and E. 27th or the various co-op housing complexes
in Vancouver Kingsway. We want low-rise quality housing for a mix of
low-and-middle income individuals and families – complexes with courtyards and
As for process, City Council is proceeding in a highly
undemocratic fashion. Council is acting without a neighbourhood community
plan and without consulting our community. For decades now developers have
been allowed to fill our city with luxury towers without requiring that these
contain affordable units. Council cannot expect neighbourhoods now to accept
substandard housing for the housing they have so far failed to build.
Communities have not been engaged, and there are questions to be debated.
City Council is uprooting the homeless regardless of their personal
situation and their wishes. This is wrong. Homeless facing addiction
and other special challenges need quality permanent assisted-living facilities
surrounded by a support network. These facilities should be placed in close
proximity to social, cultural, and medical supports that they already know and
feel comfortable with. Why are we not asking the provincial and federal
governments for partnership and financialsupport to supply housing
truly conducive to an improved quality of life for these fragile members of our
We call on City Council to consider that
people living in poverty in this city, the homeless included, have the
right to livable permanent housing. We call on you to stop allowing
towers to be built in our city unless, as it happens in London UK, at least 35% of the units are truly affordable. It is time
Vancouver City councils stopped catering to developer greed.
City Council that every single one of our communities – from Shaughnessy to
the Downtown Eastside – deserves respect. We call on Council to halt all
construction of Temporary Modular Housing throughout Vancouver until
communities have each adopted a community plan and decided on the kind of
housing it wishes to have.
Do not hide behind your employees. We did not elect the Director of Planning. You are the elected officials and we will be holding you responsible with our voice and with our vote.
Vancouver, July 2019
The COMMUNITY MEETING
AROUND THE NANAIMO STATION (NANS)
Friday September 20th 2019, 6:30 pm
to 8 pm
at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 2nd
Floor, Room #4, 3250 Commercial Dr (close to Trout Lake Park)
with the attendance of Councillors Colleen
Hardwick and Jean Swanson