Defining and Preserving DTES Low-Income Housing Stock

There can be no doubt that Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is in a period of transition. We are currently engaged in an affidavit collection project to document the experiences of residents with evictions from SRO hotels. We are focused on potential avenues for litigation, but also on ways that the City of Vancouver can strengthen the Single Room Accommodation Bylaw to prevent further loss of housing for people on income assistance and other very low-income renters. We are also asking the City to commit to a clear definition of low-income housing that will protect the lowest income earners.