VICTORY: Chinatown’s low-income residents and community groups celebrate historic victory as Vancouver City Council rejects condo project at 105 Keefer

105 Keefer Victory

Low-income Chinatown residents celebrate the defeat of Beedie’s 105 Keefer rezoning application. Photo credit: Lenee Son.

Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories – The Chinatown Concern Group (CCG) and Chinatown Action Group (CAG) applaud the Vancouver City Council’s 8-3 decision to reject Beedie Living’s rezoning application at the 105 Keefer site in Chinatown.  This decision is an important victory for the Chinatown community, but CAG and CCG vow to continue the fight until 100% welfare-pension rate social housing and a public intergenerational community space are secured for this site.  Council echoes the needs of the community to look for deeper solutions to the housing crisis in Chinatown instead of another condo project that would provide a measly 25 units of social housing.

“We commend Vancouver City Council for choosing the side of Chinatown’s low-income residents over corporate profit, but the fight is not over. There is a housing crisis for Chinese seniors and other low-income people in the neighbourhood, and we are unwavering in our demand that this site can only be used to meet the pressing needs of our community,” Beverly Ho, CCG Organizer, says.

Together, they vow to continue their efforts to bring together low-income residents to implement the People’s Vision for Chinatown, a collaborative effort between youth and elders that has been several years in the making.  The People’s Vision is a strategy for social and economic development in Chinatown that centers on the needs and aspirations of working class residents.  The report outlines the top issues as defined by community members, which are lack of affordability and housing, increasing social isolation, lack of safety, racism and lack of democratic decision-making.

“The People’s Vision is a community response to the crisis in Chinatown that 105 Keefer has revealed, which is the crisis of affordability and housing for poor people and seniors.  It is a call to action for the Chinatown community and people all over Vancouver to take our future into our own hands,” says Sophie Fung, CAG organizer.

CAG and CCG will be organizing a series of actions in the upcoming months to call on all three levels of government to implement the solutions in the People’s Vision. We invite community members and residents to join us in our efforts.

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Contacts:

唐人街關注組 Chinatown Concern Group
何盈欣 Beverly Ho

華埠行動小組 Chinatown Action Group
馮淑Sophie Fung

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