‘Rally for Housing, Take Back our Village’ | Saturday Feb 26, 12pm Noon | Meet at Pantages Theatre (Main and Hastings), march to Olympic Village
In the midst of a housing shortage and affordability crisis, community groups are redoubling efforts to secure the promised affordable units at the Olympic Village. The 2005 SEFC Official Development Plan promised that 66% of the units would be affordable. Today that number has been reduced to less than 10% while a majority of the promised units remain empty, awaiting to be sold.
In the lead-up to February 2011, the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Tent Village established at 58 West Hastings, our campaign will work to attain a moratorium on the sale of the promised units by use of petitioning, letter-writing, condo boycott campaign, squats, and other strategies.
On February 26th, community groups will establish a Tent City at the Athletes’ Village under a general call to “Reclaim Housing.” In the second week of the tent city, if the sell-off of promised units continues, residents of the tent village may expand the direct-action by occupying the empty units and/or City Hall.
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