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Just one-third of 'social housing' at 58 West Hastings Street to be guaranteed at welfare rates

Just one-third of 'social housing' at 58 West Hastings Street to be guaranteed at welfare rates
From Global News - January 12, 2018

Its been a year and a half since housing advocates erected a tent city on a vacant plot of land on Hastings Street to demand more affordable housing in the city.

Activists eventually forced a meeting with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who pledged to transform the site at 58 West Hastings Street to make it 100 per cent social housing.

Later that fall, the city won an injunction to clear the encampment over bylaw violations, sanitation and other serious health concerns.

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Next Tuesday, Vancouver city council will finally hold a public hearing on a housing project to be constructed at the site.

The city is proposing 231 units of social housing in a 10-storey tower with commercial and medical offices on the first to third floors.

However, while all units must conform to the citys definition of social housing, just one-third of those units will be guaranteed to be held at welfare rates.

Thats a far cry from the lofty expectations Robertson set in the summer of 2016, when he suggested every unit could be held at the shelter rate.

That building could be as many as 300 homes in it, Robertson said at the time.

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