RainCity Housing’s Statement on the East Hastings Decampment in Vancouver
As a witness to the recent decampment efforts on East Hastings, RainCity Housing is choosing to publicly express its extreme concern about the current and ongoing impacts of the approach taken on individuals and communities of people in the DTES area.
You read that right. RainCity turns 40 this year. We’re finding it hard to believe ourselves! Numerous people, some in more than one group – a diverse staff team and Board members past and present, donors, partners, funders, neighbours, and most importantly the people we’ve been able to get to know while doing this work and come alongside of every day – all of these people have made it possible for RainCity to evolve, and continue to evolve, to address this important work. Thank you!
We look forward to strengthening these relationships and building new ones. As we continue to work through a poisoning epidemic, we strive to support the dignity of each human being and the development of more just and inclusive communities.
It may say "housing" in our name, however RainCity Housing and Support Society is about so much more than a warm, dry place to stay. Every day we provide housing, support programs, and build relationships with over 2000 people throughout British Columbia's Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, and help create more options in people’s lives.
Everyone we meet has a unique story. Listening to these stories has taught us not to judge, to replace stereotypes with open hearts, and to live generously. If someone is on the street, it’s because it’s the safest or only option they have. That’s why our team works tirelessly to build connections with people that are inclusive and reciprocal, while creating spaces where people can be safe, respected and heard.
We believe that every person deserves a home – and have built our organization over the last four decades around compassion, purpose, and innovation.
passion for change
There are no cookie cutter solutions to homelessness when there isn't enough affordable housing available. So we rely on ongoing learnings to support people to move forward in their lives. Change is possible.