Written In L’kwungen WSANEC Territories
This document is meant to help Autonomous Societies move forward and create community around themselves lead by themselves with community supports chosen by them. This document was bottom lined by lived experience of homelessness people and supported by many allies with privilege they shared.
There is no equity in our society and many suffer under legislated poverty.
There is a lack of safe, affordable, adequate housing.
Not everyone wishes to live in the same type of housing.
.1]During the period of global recession and increased housing foreclosures in the 2000s, squatting became far more prevalent in Western, developed nations.2] In some cases, need-based and politically motivated squatting go hand in hand. According to Dr. Kesia Reeve, who specialises in housing research, “in the context of adverse housing circumstances, limited housing opportunity and frustrated expectations, squatters effectively remove themselves from and defy the norms of traditional channels of housing consumption and tenure power relations, bypassing the ‘rules’ of welfare provision.”1]
Inspire and network with communities to “think outside the box” and co create Social Housing in the diverse ways communities like Super InTent City are now envisioning, and use a version of the Clubhouse Model in Housing projects as a way to address affordable housing and chronic poverty in the Capital Region of British Columbia.
We encourage Organisations/Groups/Church’s/Individual Homeowners/Activist based and Anarchist based Communities to sponsor a Mini Tent City, like in Eugene,adapt it to your area/city/village/town. Once a community (like VANDU was doing in the DTES at 58 West Hastings and Alliance Ending Displacement is continued in that work) sponsors a Mini Tent City, that tent city can be supported to create a residents council and begin to go thru the community building process of creating policy for a new, renovated or squatted building, micro house village ar tent city. Community can support the creation of Societies with Residents Only Board’s and Committees Of Support chosen by them. Each community has a starting point and most organisations and church groups can easily support a mini tent city of 15-20 residents. I am proud of VANDU’s support of 75 individuals they have taken on in the DTES, I respect their groundbreaking work in this movement.
To organise and implement Peer Advocacy Training so we can help each other maneuver around the bureaucracy which threatens us monthly, from welfare office visits dealing with ever increasing criminalisation of the poor and unhoused, BC Hydro bills for housed poor who are isolated, to dealing with controlling “supporters” @ Tent Cities or managers in buildings run by private landlords.
Network with Indigenous movements, decolonising land defending communities and environmental movements: reach out to feminist based activist and anarchist communities to learn from each other: outreach to other homeless, lived experience of homeless, allies, community and service providers to help educate on International issues around displacement and how they are similar to our struggle, reach out to other autonomous societies as we move away from being managed to self governance. Poverty Industry needs to be tackled head on by our diverse poor class which far outnumbers any other class. (Good to see Alliance Ending Displacement doing this work)
DSHP suggested Tenants Association (more on residents council below):
As a tenant, you are automatically a member.
Community support. We all have a place in production.
This is why we exist: To recreate community which we have lost. We know this means work and that is fine cause we all got something to offer.
We all have a place in the production of a healthy community.
Security. Conflict Resolution. Disability needs. Family needs. Kitchen and Shopping needs. Gardening needs. Community based peer support needs. AA, NA, Harm Reduction,
Community Building: Livable Income Lobbying / Raise The Rates, Leafleting and Rallying for public education about who we are and why we exist, Micro Housing Village and Mini Tent City support/design/lobby / Leafleting etc for what we the homeless want or need.
“We’re in this building (housing community) because we want to care for each other in a (healing community), we do not want to punish each other any longer.”
Stage 1: Village Council
Village Council members are voted in by consensus by unhoused tenants and are responsible for maintaining order when urgent situations arise.
Stage 2: Intermediary Security Agency
When Village Council members are unable to gain the cooperation of a disruptive resident, they are to contact the bottom liner. The phone number for the manager is listed at the front desk.
Stage 3: Local Police Department
The local Police Department is welcome to patrol the Village as they would any other neighborhood with a resident escort. In cases where the law is being broken and residents or the manager are unable to gain cooperation of the offender, the police department will be contacted. The previous two Stages of Response are to be tried first if appropriate.
INTERVENTION ACTION PLAN (Is created by each autonomous group, here is an adapted example from Abbotsford Abby DIggs)
- a) When a complaint is cause for concern for members of the consensed upon Village the Council will meet with said Villager and discuss a plan of action to curtail the behaviour.
- b) In cases of a complaint by one Villager against another, a third party mediator should meet with the complainant and the alleged offender to discuss the issue and reach a resolution that is agreeable to both parties.
- c) Minor guideline violations (i.e. missed host shift, village meeting, etc.) result in intervention:
Level 1 – Verbal Warning. Level 2 – Written Warning. Level 3 – Intervention with the Village Council. Level 4 – Possible permanent expulsion from Village.
- d) Villagers reserve the right to work off minor guideline violations by contributing extra hours towards the operation and maintenance of the Village. Missed shifts may be made up by working 2 times the number of hours missed. The Village Council may designate requirements for other minor guideline violations.
- e) More severe guideline violations may require action at a heightened level of intervention even though the guideline violation may be a first offense. The Village Council will deal with these guideline violations on a case-by-case basis unless defined in this manual.
- f) All intervention actions require the agreement of a majority of Village Council members.
- g) Villagers may appeal their expulsion from the Village at a weekly village meeting, which may include actions for addressing the behaviour that caused their expulsion. A led by consensus discussion is held than a vote will either uphold or reverse the expulsion.
ALCOHOL, DRUG, & PARAPHERNALIA POLICY
a) Use of alcohol and/or drugs is permitted only within a resident’s tent/cabin/micro house/micro cart..
b) Use of alcohol /or drugs is respectfully prohibited in public areas of the Village and may be grounds for eviction
c) Sharps containers will be provided for the disposal of needles for use within a resident’s cabin.
I have read and understand these agreements.
THERE IS A LOT MORE WRITTEN AT SOURCE, IT IS MEANT TO BE SHARED AS A LIVING DOCUMENT, LET US KNOW IF YOU USE IT.