Ad Hoc DTES Community Coalition Against the HAHR

Community Resolution against the Historic Area Heights Review

January 13, 2011


Dear Mayor and Council members,

As individuals, resident groups and agencies concerned about:

-        Hotel room rent increases (only 12% of privately owned rooms now rent for the welfare shelter allowance or less) not tracked by the city and rent increases for businesses serving low income residents;

-        Hotel closures and “renovictions;”

-        The displacement of low-income residents from the Downtown Eastside, contrary to city policy;

-        Increased homelessness measured in the last city survey;

-        More harassment of low-income residents by security guards and police;

-        The erosion of unique and authentic community assets such as a strong sense of community, feeling accepted and at home, empathy with people who have health and addiction issues, connection to our cultural heritage, a strong commitment to volunteering, cheap or free necessities that are close by, needed health and social services,

We call on City Council to

-        Buy 10 sites for low income resident-controlled social housing within the Downtown Eastside before the next municipal election; and

-        Vote against adding any new density for condos within the Downtown Eastside until the assets and tenure of low-income residents are secured and until the Social Impact Study and DTES Strategy are complete.

We also call on city staff and Council to recognize that many groups and individuals in the DTES community, not just the Carnegie Community Action Project, oppose the recommendations of the Historic Area Height Review report.


ACCESS: Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society
BC Compassion Club Society
BC Elders Family Cultural Circle
Carnegie Community Action Project
Citywide Housing Coalition
Council of Canadians - Vancouver-Burnaby Chapter
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Gallery Gachet
Jacob's Well Staff
Jackson Avenue Housing Co-op
Longhouse Council of Native Ministry
Lutheran Urban Mission Society (LUMS)
Mau Dan Housing Cooperative
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver
PACE: Providing Alternatives, Counseling and Education Society
Pacific Centre for Alternative Journalism (PCAJ)
Power of Women to Women Group of the Downtown Eastside Womens' Centre
REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity)
Social Justice Centre, UBC
Spartacus Books
St James Anglican Church
Streams of Justice
Super Cycle Champion Specialty Cycle Shop
Urban Subjects
Vancouver Action (VanAct!)
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers' Association
Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society
Zoo Zhop
165 Hotel Art Studio