02 April 2009

Collective Evictions Lead to Collective Action

While this option may not be open for low-income renters, news of Vancouver renters facing impending evictions getting together to form a housing coop leaves room for hope.
Led by David Fields, the former Liveable Region Coalition coordinator who rallied opposition against the Gateway Program, the tenants of three buildings at Salsbury Drive and Charles Street have become a co-op....

“We were just a bunch of neighbours and renters,” [Fields] told the Straight, “but that changed. And everyone has received the benefits."

As Fields acknowledges, one of the first "radical" steps (for Westerners) toward achieving that goal is getting to know one's neighbours, advice which WISE storytellers also happen to give in their recommendations to other low-income women.

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