COPE Coun. Jean Swanson is taking a years-long effort geared toward guaranteeing that housing constructed at 58 West Hastings rents totally at pension and welfare charges to subsequent week’s council assembly.
Swanson has a movement on discover for the Nov. 13 assembly calling on the brand new council to “recommit” to these charges. She additionally desires council to direct workers to report again inside a month on what funding is required to attain the 100 per cent welfare/pension charge, with no less than three choices for sources of income.
Former Mayor Gregor Robertson signed a poster-sized pledge on Aug. 2, 2016, which Swanson laminated for posterity, to have the 231-unit constructing hire at pension and welfare charges.
Swanson, by her movement, additionally desires council to direct workers to seek the advice of with the Our Properties Can’t Wait coalition and the Vancouver Basis in an effort to suggest how Robertson’s dedication to “group managed housing” within the constructing will be achieved.
She advised the Courier that group managed housing is essential as a result of lots of people within the Downtown Eastside don’t like how the prevailing supportive housing mannequin works.
Rezoning for 58 West Hastings was permitted in January of 2018 and the venture is now scheduled to go earlier than the Growth Allow Board at its Nov. 13 assembly, which begins simply hours after the council assembly begins.
The Metropolis of Vancouver owns the property, the Vancouver Chinatown Basis would be the leaseholder and Vancouver Coastal Well being would be the healthcare supplier for the venture.
The plan for the location, which sits between Abbott and Carrall streets, is to assemble a 10-storey constructing with seven flooring of housing that includes 231 social housing items, in addition to retail and well being care workplace makes use of on flooring one to 3.
Greater than 50 per cent of the social housing items would hire at shelter or pension charges, whereas the remaining items would hire at Housing Revenue Limits (HILs) charges, which Swanson stated is about $1,200 per thirty days for a bachelor suite.
When rezoning was permitted in early 2018, the earlier council included a dedication that metropolis workers and the Vancouver Chinatown Basis would “proceed to work to boost extra funds to deepen the affordability of this improvement with the aim of reaching 100 per cent shelter of pension rents.”
However Swanson desires one thing extra concrete than a dedication to try to additional “deepen affordability.” She desires certainty.
Welfare charge is $375 a month for a single particular person and $570 a month for a pair or single father or mother with a baby. Pension charge is outlined as 30 per cent of the bottom of full previous age safety (OAS) or the assured revenue complement (GIS) pension for seniors — about $1,500 in September of 2018 — or about $450 a month for a single particular person.
Final Might, housing activists from Our Properties Can’t Wait coalition blocked entrances to metropolis corridor and disrupted work at one other metropolis constructing over considerations about rents at 58 West Hastings.