On Feb 7th 2018, the City of Vancouver hosted an “update session” for the Marpole Temporary Modular Homes project for the community at Taiwanese Culture Center located at 8853 Selkirk Street, about 2km away from the Temporary Modular Home site in Marpole. The city decided not to choose a more convenient location next to the site like Marpole Community Center, or Churchill Auditorium (originally offered to city free of charge for the Nov info sessions) that can host hundreds of people. Instead the city choose a place that’s far away from the Marpole Temporary Modular Home site and has a capacity of barely 60 to 80 people (we phoned the Culture Center to ask for capacity).
When registration was quickly full, the city added a session at 3:30PM on Wednesday with 2 days notice. Apparently the city thinks residents don’t work and can simply take time off work to attend.
The update session was hosted with approximately 20 city & related Vision staff, out of a total capacity of 80 people. The session was conducted without allowing attendees to ask follow up questions, ask for clarifications, or objections to staff not actually providing an honest answer. The reason cited by the city was that individuals complained after previous info sessions that attendees asking hard questions makes them feel threatened and fearful! Yes, asking “Will there be drug users living in the Modular Homes?” or “Would drug users be allowed?” is considered to be threatening!
While we finally got confirmation from a BC Housing representative that there will be MINIMUM 20% level 3 individuals, others questions dealing with preventative plans for issues like drug usage, discarded needles, potential incidents are answered with: “We do not foresee or anticipate any issues arising due to Temporary Modular Homes”. Even though previous experiences and news reports have shown supportive housing do indeed increase crime and drug use issues in surrounding neighborhoods.
As a reminder, here is city definition of level 3 individuals:
- Non-engagement with treatment and support services
- Poor housekeeping, hoarding, hygiene
- Extensive criminal history indicating high risk to re-offend
- Can create security problems through aggressive and intimidating behavior
- Episodic dramatic presentation, manipulative, demanding or intrusive behavior, inability to sustain personal relationships
- Frequent conflict with others, poor communication skills
- History of property damage
See CoV – Temporary Modular Housing Contract Approval (page 17).
The city staff claim level 3 is all about individuals with mobility issues, long term health issues like cancer, and minor untreated mental illness that are not a threat to others. Yet, its own document on the tenants says nothing about this! Does level 3 individuals sound like good neighbors for an elementary school?
CBC Reports on TMH Protest on Feb 7, 2018
CTV Reports on TMH Protest on Feb 7, 2018
Recording from inside Feb 7, 2018 update meeting