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One Year Anniversary of the Sell Off of Social Housing at Olympic Village!

May 23, 2011

SPECIAL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE!

VANCOUVER, Unceded Coast Salish TerritorySUNDAY, MAY 15th at 11AM– Join us for the One Year Anniversary of the Sell-Off of Social Housing Units at the Olympic Village, hosted by the City of Vancouver and Rennie Marketing Systems! May 15th, 2010, marks the City and Millennium Water’s first unsuccessful attempt to launch their doomed sales campaign. This campaign attempted to sell off nearly 800 units of committed social housing as condos. After a year of poor sales, negative feedback from homeowners and increasing pressure from the public to reinstate social housing, the City of Vancouver and Rennie Marketing have announced a new sales strategy!

Mayor Gregor Robertson, Penny Balem, Christy Clark & Rennie Marketing Systems invite you to join us for a special one year celebration of the Sell-Off of Social Housing Units at the Olympic Village!

Given the original plans included a commitment to develop 2/3rds affordable housing at Olympic Village…

Given that despite these promises, a reversible decision was made to sell those units off as condos…

Given the Olympics have made Vancouver the most rapidly gentrifying and unaffordable city in the world…

Given that most affordable SROs are substandard, and include persistent bedbug, rat and cockroach infestations…

Given that 62 condo owners are filing a lawsuit against the developer and City for their not-so-luxury Olympic Village units…

Given that these luxury condos are still in better condition than most of the affordable housing stock that over 14,000 low income families and individuals are waiting for…

…On MAY 15th, 2011 we open the doors, and mark this one year anniversary as a new day in the history of the Olympic Village!

Find out more about our exciting plans for the Athletes Village! Come celebrate the launch of our new strategy for Affordable Housing at the Olympic Village. Join us for an official ribbon cutting ceremony, and a very belated passing over of keys to those promised social housing units.

Speeches by Gregor Robertson, Penny Balem, Christy Clark and Bob Rennie, along with Current Condo Owners and New Renters. Press Conference with above speakers followed by questions and answers will be held at 11am Sunday, May 15th outside the SEFC Sales Centre at 1693 Manitoba!

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/olympic-pillage-celebration/7262

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2011/05/15/pf-18152041.html

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110515/bc_olympic_village_faux_conference_110515/20110515/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4dd0745506a8ab50%2C1

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