The Affordable Action Hub is an alliance of individuals and groups in British Columbia who share the common goal of affordable housing for all residents and taxpayers.
Improve housing affordability. The cities we know and love are no longer affordable to live in for Canadians of any age and profession. We need to stop viewing housing as merely investments or commodities if we want to develop healthy, thriving local communities.
Fill vacant homes. Increasing the supply of property will not solve the housing crisis, especially when we have tens of thousands of vacant homes in Vancouver alone.
End unfair evictions. The number of renters is increasing, yet renters have very little housing security. We need to ensure renters are adequately protected and landlords are treating their tenants fairly.
Eliminate abuse of our legal system. Our systems of tax and land ownership are being abused. Lack of enforcement and government response to these abuses has led to a disruption of the local economy, making affordable housing unattainable for the majority of residents.
We are a group of concerned citizens from all backgrounds and levels of income. Some of us work in the medical, communications, real estate, and financing professions, while others are artists and environmentalists. Most of us are new to citizen action, but have come to realize that if we want to stay in our communities, we must speak up and make the government work for us.
The Affordability Action Hub got its start in the Vancouver Is Falling Facebook group in mid-January 2018. Arguably the largest housing discussion group online, the group attracted a large number of residents who were affected by the housing crisis. After a new member asked why residents were not protesting in the streets, a group of members decided to act. Our first project? The Rally for Affordable Housing Action on February 18 at Jack Poole Plaza.
A collaborative effort between diverse organizations is critical to pursuing an affordable and sustainable future for everyone in the Lower Mainland and beyond.
Our Acknowledgement of Place
We acknowledge that these places which we call home are on the traditional unceded territories the Coast Salish peoples.