Research-supported Tenant Organizing in Vancouver's Single Room Occupancy Hotels
This project addresses the privately owned and run-down Single Room Occupancy (SRO) habitability and long-term security in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Tenants in these buildings, number about 4500 in the city, use this sort of housing as a last resort before homelessness (Figure A). The Right to Remain project examines the actions tenant organizations can take when their human rights are infringed by planning and property regulations which hinders their ability to stay in place. By advocating and using legal mechanisms, the project uses the SRO history to highlight existing human rights health and housing struggles in these buildings and prioritizing their right to safe and adequate housing, right to basic necessities and the their right to form and sustain communities.