We Lift Us Up: PHS Tenants Unionize to Fight Brutal Conditions

This story was originally published on The Mainlander and has been reposted here with permission. Click here to read the original article by VTU member Ben Ger and the Our Homes Can't Wait Coalition. Photo credit: AJ Withers. Continue reading

A Brief History of Little Mountain: Lessons for the Housing Struggle

  The following piece was written by VTU member Nathan Crompton. Continue reading

Will “more social housing everywhere” mean more destruction of our affordable homes?

On December 7th, 2022 recently re-elected OneCity councillor Christine Boyle celebrated the unanimous passage of her motion “Reducing Barriers and Deepening Affordability for Non-Profit, Co-op and Social Housing in Every Neighbourhood”. It was her second time bringing the motion to council, this time with lively support from non-profit housing developers, the Vancouver & District Labour Council and Women Transforming Cities. Continue reading

David Eby will be yet another anti-renter premier

In case you haven’t heard, David Eby is running to be the next premier of British Columbia, and there’s a buzz of excitement from commentators about what that could mean for BC’s housing unaffordability policies. But does Eby’s record and proposals match the progressive veneer he’s cultivated for himself? Continue reading

Where did four years fighting at city hall get us?

They say you can’t fight city hall - but in the wake of the 2018 municipal elections, our newly formed tenants union took an aggressive tack to do just that - to bring tenant voices and tenant-centred policies into Vancouver’s city hall and to test a new politically fractured council.   Continue reading

Solidarity with the "Our Streets" Statement on the Hastings Street Tent City Fire Order.

July 29, 2022  The Vancouver Tenants Union stands in solidarity with the Our Streets Statement on the Hastings Street Tent City Fire Order. The VTU calls on the City of Vancouver to immediately end the order to decamp unhoused residents in the Downtown Eastside.   Continue reading

Balfour Block Tenants Facing Demoviction Demand Stronger Protections

July 21, 2022 VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES Over 70 tenants are facing demoviction on 906-982 W 18th Ave and 907-969 W 19th Ave (Balfour Block) have organized and submitted a collective letter to the City of Vancouver in order to give them a fighting chance to stay in their neighborhood. The Balfour Tenants Collective’s demands include: Continue reading

B.C.'s Additional Rent Increase Legislation: A backgrounder

The following article was researched and written by member Dianne Varga, an organizer and life-long tenant currently living on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.   Continue reading

“Renters Plan” to Mark the Launch of Tenant Resistance Movement Against Broadway Plan’s Transit-Oriented Displacement

***For Immediate Release*** May 16, 2022 VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES Continue reading

VTU Members' Municipal Policy Demands

***For immediate release*** March 2, 2022 At our General Meeting on February 20, VTU members passed a motion supporting the following municipal policy demands... Continue reading