Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades

Excerpt:  Today, there are only 542 affordable units in False Creek North, according to the city, far fewer than the 20 per cent target of approximately 1,500. In fact, rental and non-market housing units together make up only nine per cent of the housing stock in False Creek North, much lower than the overall city average of 32 per cent.

Shayler, who was with the Downtown Eastside Residents Association before joining the Tenants Rights Coalition, said advocates in the 1980s feared these False Creek units would be desperately needed because affordable housing — such as SROs and low-cost rentals — were increasingly being lost as high-end developments expanded in other parts of the city.

“We were calling it then a housing crisis, and that is a long time ago now,” Shayler said.

“When we look at the north side of False Creek, yes there are some good things that happened there, but I think (people who need affordable housing) got the short end of the stick. And I’m afraid we will again.”

Updated: July 12, 2018

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