DTES BLOCK PARTY TO BLOCK CONDOS ON THE 100 BLOCK
Sat. Sep 17 at around 4 pm
Music, food, and the last bit of summer sun!
Marc Williams wants to build condos at the old Pantages Site in the Downtown Eastside. Condos in the heart of the neighbourhood will cause higher property values, higher rents in single-room occupancies, displacement of current residents, increased policing, and low-income residents feeling unwelcome in their own neighbourhood.
We are getting the neighbourhood and all our allies together to protect the site for 100% social housing for low-income residents. The DTES is not for developers to make millions, it is for our vibrant and vital low-income community!
For more info: http://dtesnotfordevelopers.wordpress.com/
HOW TO SUPPORT:
* If you are a group, endorse the DTES Community Resolution: http://dtesnotfordevelopers.wordpress.com/savepantages/
* If you are an individual, sign the online petition:
* If you work in the DTES, sign the Boycott Statement:
* If you are a social housing provider, don’t collaborate with Sequel 138:
Organized by Stop Pantages Condos Coalition: Aboriginal Front Door, Carnegie Community Action Project, Citywide Housing Coalition, DTES Neighbourhood Council, DTES Power of Women Group, Gallery Gachet, Streams of Justice, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.
At Home/Chez Soi National Training event by Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in Richmond, BC
The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The At Home/Chez Soi project is based on a Housing First approach.
A total of 2285 homeless people living with a mental illness will participate.
1,325 people from that group will be given a place to live, and will be offered services to assist them over the course of the initiative. The remaining participants will receive the regular services that are currently available in their cities.
Participants will have to pay a portion of their rent, and be visited at least once a week by program staff. The project is all about choice, and people will be able to choose housing within a number of different sites within their cities – including apartments and group homes.
The overall goal is to provide evidence about what services and systems could best help people who are living with a mental illness and are homeless. At the same time, the project will provide meaningful and practical support for hundreds of vulnerable people.
Data from this kind of extensive research does not currently exist in Canada.
The MHCC project is unique and the largest of its kind underway in the world right now.
A comparison between different Housing First approaches and “care as usual” is being studied in all cities. In addition, each of the sites has specific population targets and various sub-studies
1. Moncton: one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a shortage of services for Anglophones and Francophones.
2. Montreal: different mental health services provided to homeless people in Quebec.
3. Toronto: ethno-cultural diversity including new immigrants who are non-English speaking.
4. Vancouver: people who struggle with substance abuse and addictions.
5. Winnipeg: urban Aboriginal population.
Read more here
New Fountain Shelter in Vancouver Downtown Eastside is threatened with closure, Please write a letter of support
From New Fountain Shelter Staff:
PLEASE READ URGENT!
I am contacting you about something urgent to the daily lives of many downtown Vancouver residents. The shelter I work at is being threatened with closure. It will close, and leave about 45 people completely homeless and without the support of the shelter staff, food and services.
Please write us a letter of support to help us stay open. Please consider writing your letter soon as we need to get them by the end of the month.
Here is the statement
As some of you may know, the New Fountain Shelter is currently fighting to stay open. Our shelter is full nightly with approximately 45 homeless people. We feed, provide support in a person’s search for housing, distribute clothing donations and of course provide shelter for those who have none.
We are collecting letters of support. They can be simple or complex. They could express a personal experience at the New Fountain Shelter, or they could generally address the positive impact of shelters on our community.
If each of you takes the time to write and send even a small paragraph it will have a major impact.
Please send letters of support to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Thank you, we are depending on your support!
New Fountain Shelter Staff