The rally is in response to a notice issued by the City of Vancouver, which requested that the campsite be vacated by Friday December 15.
Earlier this week, residents of the Sugar Mountain tent city were asked to leave the site at Franklin and Glen Dr. in order to make room for additional temporary modular housing.
Community organizations like the Alliance Against Displacement (AAD) have been critical of the eviction, stating “If Sugar Mountain residents leave, they will share the same fate that most homeless people in Vancouver face: left out of modular housing, they will be offered nothing but the same old “alternative” to being attacked by police in their tents or a shelter bed in a human warehouse.“
Today, the AAD hosted an emergency rally to stop the displacement of Sugar Mountain residents at 1131 Franklin.
The proposed concept for Temporary Modular Housing at 1115, 1131 and 1141 Franklin Street would include 38-52 single room accommodations and fall under the City’s $66 million plan to build 600 units of Temporary Modular Housing. Modular housing was included in the “key priorities” section of the City’s 2018 budget, which can be read HERE.
It’s estimated that there are more than 2,100 homeless people currently living in Vancouver.