Housing advocates continue to fight ‘demovictions’ in Burnaby, this time for a rezoning application proposed for one building on Dunblane St., and three more on Imperial St.
Residents will have their one and only say about the rezoning plan at a city council meeting Tuesday night.
Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign organizer Ivan Drury says 84 units would be demolished, if the motion is passed, affecting 300 residents.
“There’s a lot of really long-term residents there. People who have lived there for 30 or 40 years, who are going to be facing dramatic rent increases. About half the people in these buildings, their lives are being extremely impacted by this and many of them are being pushed into kinds of hidden homelessness,” he said.
Drury also says most of those who could be impacted are seniors.
“The plan that the seniors tend to have for where they’ll go is, they say, ‘I’ll move into BC Housing,’ and I wish that that were possible. The truth is that the waiting list for BC Housing is ten years long. Even for people who are in homelessness, there’s still years of wait in order to get into any kind of housing,” he said.
Residents are calling for a moratorium on demolition of rental apartments in Burnaby.