COMMUNITY MEETING on Temporary Modular Housing

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):

Dear friends,

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. 

We support 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 children’s playgrounds.

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 society? 

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.

We remind 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

POSTER

The COMMUNITY MEETING

organized by

NEIGHBOURS AROUND THE NANAIMO STATION (NANS)

will take place on

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 

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