** WIN: BOTH RENTAL PROJECTS WERE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED! THANKS FOR SENDING YOUR LETTER! **
On June 5th, the fate of two rental housing projects in the City of Vancouver will be decided at a public hearing.
But projects like these often face resistance.
For example, comments were made at an open house for 4459 Rupert St. that:
- Rental units weren't suitable near a school and in a family neighbourhood
- Renters would increase crime and result in a transient and unstable neighbourhood
- Renters be screened before being allowed in
- Low income renters, in particular, were not welcome
These kinds of comments reflect a view of renters as — essentially — second class citizens.
If you're a resident of the City of Vancouver, please take a moment to write to Mayor and Council expressing your support for these two projects.
- Where most cities aim to see a 3-5% vacancy rate for a healthy rental market, Vancouver’s vacancy rate is below 1%, making us one of the tightest rental markets in Canada.
- If approved, the two purpose built rental projects going to council on June 5th would provide 61 new rental homes close to transit. 855 Kingsway is 6-story, mixed-use proposal that would provide 50 secure rental units, ten of which would be 3-bedroom homes suitable for families. 4459 Rupert St. is a 4-story mixed-use proposal that would provide 12 new secure rental units.
- Both projects are being proposed under Vancouver's Rental 100 program, which was set up to encourage the development of projects where 100 per cent of the residential units are rental, targeting moderate income households.
- While renters make up more than half of Vancouver’s households, they are often not accepted by their neighbours.
Supporting new rental housing is one part of Gen Squeeze's comprehensive gameplan to help restore housing affordability, forever.