The Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative Project is working to improve habitability, safety and prevent renovictions in SRO hotels in Vancouver Coast Salish Territories. Our strategy is to start organizing within the worst of the worst – the privately-owned SROs. We bring tenants together to file complaints for safety and management conditions at the Residential Tenancy Branch and to support City Inspectors’ efforts, where possible, to bring buildings up to code. Modelled after the SRO Collaboratives in San Francisco, we hope to help build a stronger renters movement here. We are very proud to be working alongside the Youth for Chinese Seniors Program who are working on the right to housing in Chinatown, language rights and access to services for Chinese seniors in our community.
Thank you to the Collaborative and Y4CS funders: BC Housing, Vancity, United Way and the Law Foundation of BC.