February 6th, 2012
DNC Homeless Shelter Committee RESOLUTION
The following resolution will be voted on at the DNC general meeting on March 3rd to empower the shelter committee to write a letter to BC Housing expressing the will of the DNC with regard to this subject.
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council (DNC) does not support any net reduction in the number of low barrier shelter beds/mats in the DTES unless replaced by an equal number of self-contained resident-controlled social housing units at welfare/pension rates. If any homeless shelter in the DTES is closed or reduced in size, the DNC urges BC Housing to fund:
1. NEW self contained resident controlled social housing units at welfare/pension rates to replace the lost homeless shelter beds/mats in the DTES, or
2. NEW low barrier shelter beds/mats in the DTES to replace what is lost in order to maintain or improve the level of needed housing services for Vancouver’s most vulnerable population. In the interim, while we wait for acceptable social housing to be built, BC Housing must maintain the number of low barrier shelter beds/mats and the total number of homeless shelter beds/mats in the DTES.