VTU Members Vote for New Office Space!

At the January 25 VTU General Meeting, members voted to sign a lease starting in February for a small office space in the Sun Wah building on Keefer Street in Chinatown. Continue reading

Episode Four of Vancouver Housing Stories: Community and Self-Determination

This episode of Vancouver Housing Stories centres around the life we can build with our neighbours, if we want it.  From seniors fighting to keep their collective home, to new families struggling to find space for home, the stories in this episode drive home that no model of housing can succeed without really listening to the residents themselves. Continue reading

Episode Three of Vancouver Housing Stories: Alienation and Search for Home

This episode looks into isolation tenants face in Vancouver. First, Victoria Spooner relays the benefits and obstacles of having a pet in British Columbia. She talks to aspirational pet owners, as well as Pets OK BC organizer Elliot Galan. Afterwards, Yijia Zhang's piece “My Night Shift After Work" shares a sensory feeling to illustrate how long commutes and housing conditions add up to unmanageable amounts of household labour. Continue reading

326 Nanaimo: What We Learned

Eight demovicted tenants at 326 Nanaimo St. fought to get the relocation they were promised by the City of Vancouver, with the organizing help of VTU, and support of the broader community.  Continue reading

Episode Two of Vancouver Housing Stories: Leaving is not an option

Moonhee is a low-income tenant who received subsidized rent from BC Housing in a building owned by a large non-profit. But when she finds toxic mold in her apartment, getting anyone to care about her safety becomes an impossible task. This episode underscores why poorly maintained housing is not 'good enough' for anyone, but great social housing can be for everyone. Continue reading

City’s Re-Vamped Tenant “Protections” Are More Buyouts

  A Perspective from a Renovicted Tenant Who Qualifies for TRPP   Continue reading

Episode One of Vancouver Housing Stories - Who's Got the Power?

Vancouver Housing Stories is a podcast mini-series where each episode takes a different approach to stories about renting in Vancouver. The series features six Vancouver-based storytellers and artists using pre-recorded tenant interviews to develop their own storytelling and audio practices, while considering the topic of housing. Could changes in Vancouver’s municipal housing policy make a difference in a city of people battling skyrocketing rents and constant evictions? Continue reading

Marpole Tenants Fight for Housing Justice

Read the original article by VTU member Lisa Descary on Springmag.ca Continue reading

Nanaimo St. Demoviction Raises Doubts About Tenant Protection Policy

Tenants at 326 Nanaimo are facing demoviction and have joined VTU hoping to secure the rights and compensation afforded them by the Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy (TRPP). All tenants are vulnerable, low income, and have been paying significantly lower than CMHC average rent for the area. Continue reading

Acting Fast under Threat of Sahota Evictions

VTU organizers were alerted in late August that as many as 20 tenants in two buildings on Wall St. had received eviction notices Continue reading