I can answer no.  First of all, we have been saying for years we need to lobby the federal and provincial governments to make them do what they are supposed to be doing! Build Homes, build social housing, coops and so on.  We know the answer to poverty is a Livable4All Income and, BUILD HOMES FOR ALL.

We KNOW this.

Yes we need supportive services yet, WE NEVER GET HOMES BUILT SO, WTF PEOPLE?  If you are just going to be about your Poverty Pimping Industry, you need to ask yourself what are you doing for your “community”, what are your motive, and what is your vision to end poverty?

kym hothead hines

PS: I am an activist, community builder struggling right now inside social housing which is a mess, folks are isolated and not a community!

What is left of social housing is very little, as it falls to disrepair, we as citizens on disability or poor for many reasons wait for folks to die to get “home”.  When we get in, there are so many conflicts due to NO SUPPORT’S.  We got homes to build, we can start now and give many jobs for many folks.

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This is Eko response to TImes Columnist article here:

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-heritage-building-on-vancouver-st-could-house-homeless-1.2131817

Eko Joshua Goldberg
1 hr ·Dec.

Hello friends. I have mixed feelings reading the announcements by Cool Aid, getting heavy pickup by media in the past few days, about their efforts to buy a former care home to create a 101-unit housing unit. I don’t know a lot about the planned facility, as the infomation on the Cool Aid website (https://coolaid.org/…/2…/11/Dr.-Joe-Haegert-Centre-email.pdf) is sparse. Some folks who I respect and trust as critical thinkers have indicated that there might be unique opportunities, given the existing infrastructure of this particular facility, to offer harm reduction oriented health services, which is really hopeful.

And, I have misgivings. In the Times Colonist article linked below, the reporter says that Kathy Stinson, Executive Director of Cool Aid, feels “the project will change the lives of people who cycle through shelters, streets and parks — most evidently around the corner at the tent city on the lawn of the provincial courthouse”. No doubt this is true. But I wonder if those changes will all be positive, or if Cool Aid has asked the people living atSuper InTent City for their feedback on the Cool Aid plans and whether they will be well served by the proposed housing.

What I’ve seen at Super InTent City is that people are ingenious, creative, and fully capable of collectively solving very difficult issues. What I’ve heard from spending time there is that everyone wants a home, but that “home” means different things to different people. Unsurprisingly, people are diverse and in every community there are varying opinions, perspectives, and viewpoints about where and how individuals want to live; that’s no different in Super InTent City. And, personal needs and preferences are also shaped by systemic issues. People have spoken very eloquently about how they have been hurt by the housing system and how the way those services have been structured is part of the problem, not the solution.

Are housing providers actually listening to the tent city residents, and rethinking the way they do things? Or are housing providers cynically exploiting the public awareness created by the residents of Super InTent City to raise political profile and funds for their organization? What happens to the people in Super InTent City who will not be well served by this particular project and are then positioned as ungrateful and undeserving?

Cool Aid’s proposed project may be a really great initiative. I want to learn more about it, and to hear what people who are currently homeless think about what has been proposed. And, I want Cool Aid to stop positioning itself as saving people at Super InTent City. This is patronizing, insulting, and a disservice to the amazing people at Super InTent City.

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