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YIMBY toolkit coming to a backyard near you

 

This summer we asked our supporters to help us launch our new “Yes in my backyard!” Toolkit and three local YIMBYs stepped up and accepted the challenge.

Amanda, Rob and their son Julian will be opening up their backyard to us on Sunday September 25th as we launch the kit and spread the word about the role each one of us can play in building more inclusive and supportive communities. Come out and join us as we celebrate the release of the toolkit and talk about strategies for supporting progressive projects in our neighbourhoods.  There will be games, food, and lots of interesting YIMBYs to connect with.

NIMBY is an acronym for “not in my backyard” used to describe a person who objects to something they perceive as unpleasant or potentially dangerous in their own neighborhood, especially while raising no such objections to similar developments elsewhere.  NIMBYism has popped up in response to projects as diverse as community gardens, needle boxes, group homes for disabled people, and emergency shelters.

YIMBY is a lesser known but much needed antonym to NIMBY. The term YIMBY first emerged in the late eighties and is used to describe people who understand the value of addressing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness in a proactive and positive way through safe and supportive housing and are active in welcoming new projects and people into their neighbourhoods.

We started to look at strategies for transforming NIMBY attitudes into YIMBY activism when pressure from local residents opposed to new Homeless Emergency Action Team (HEAT) shelters in their neighbourhoods contributed to two of the sites being closed ahead of schedule.

The new toolkit combines tested strategies that have been used successfully in other cities and lots of Vancouver specific information and ideas. There are lots of simple tips that individuals and service providers can use to combat NIYMBYism and mobilize support for important projects. 

Take a look at the toolkit here.

Planning to attend? Spots are limited so be sure to RSVP here

Looking for more information? Contact Darcie at darcie [at] pivotlegal [dot] org