Residents of a Vancouver social housing project say they’re nervous about the future – after it was sold by the B.C. government to a private non-profit.
Guy Wakeman is one of hundreds of residents of the family-oriented stamps place worried about what might happen after the New Chelsea society takes over.
He says they’ve been promised nothing will change – but haven’t been able to get answers on future development of the site.
“What we’re worried about here is that any development that may come up – it’s a lot of green space and it would be terrible to lose that with so many children that are here.”
Wakeman says residents also have concerns about privacy and the future of their tenants council.
“These non profits have their own board of directors, most of them don’t allow for a tenants committee or a council like we have. There’s no accountability and no transparency.”
It’s one of the first sales in a move announced last year for the province to divest of up to 350 similar properties.
The province says there will be no loss of units or increases in rent.