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Two ways you can show the Vancouver City Council they should pass protections for vulnerable renters
 

Great news! The Vancouver City Council has moved all three vulnerable renter protection ordinances forward for a vote on September 21st at 7pm. The ordinances increase the amount of time a landlord must give a renter to move out (no cause notice to vacate), increase the amount of required notice for a rent increase above a certain amount, and increase access to rentals for people who are receiving rental assistance.  You can find more details at this link: Vancouver City Council Sept. 21 mtg details.

 Your support for these ordinances is needed in two ways:

1) Attend City Council on 9/21 at 7pm and wear red to show your support for these protections. You can provide testimony to speak to the need for a YES vote on the ordinances.

Vancouver City Hall location: 415 W 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

 2) If you live, work, or play in Vancouver, please send emails to the Vancouver City Council members urging them to vote YES on the ordinances. Opponents of the ordinances are flooding the Councilmembers with emails - let's makes sure our voices are heard, too!

Here are the email addresses:

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THIS IS IT! This is your chance to make a long-lasting and significant impact in our community. 

Your participation matters! EMAIL the Councilmembers and we hope to see you on Monday 9/21 at 7pm wearing RED.

Thank you for your support!

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Sample letter for you to copy/paste/edit and email.  Underlined copy is ready to be adjusted by you!

 

Dear Councilmember ____________,

As a person who is proud to live and (or) work in Vancouver, Washington, I urge you to vote YES for the upcoming ordinances that will be extending protections to our community's most vulnerable citizens.  It is only reasonable that we extend human compassion and agree to 1) increase the amount of time a landlord must give a renter to move out (no cause notice to vacate), 2) increase the amount of required notice for a rent increase above a certain amount, and 3) increase access to rentals for people who are receiving rental assistance.

Thank you for your positive action in this most crucial need to prevent homelessness in our city.

Sincerely,

Your Concerned Constituent

 

 

Clean up continues after pizza party and talk of guns.

Don't talk about, be about it. 

Another 10 bags of trash cleaned up along the guard rail, by myself this time. It's only been a few days since I had been down there but things are always happening and changing down at the guard rail.  The rumor on social media was that the evictions still happened.    I spoke with the police, I spoke with Share, and I spoke to those I consider my family camping outside. As I had suspected... there were no evictions. None. Period.

So what WAS happening down on the guard rail over the last few days?

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Evictions Averted!

Earlier this week we posted about the possible evictions of the persons camping on the guard rail outside of the Share House. I am HAPPY and proud to say that these evictions will NOT be happening at this time!

For those who don't know, camping on the streets around Share House never used to be allowed. Police harassment, illegal camping citations, and city and neighbor complaints all went into making people without homes feel as though they were criminals. Along with the downtown waterfront developments, the increase of homeless people, the issue of decreasing available affordable housing in the area, along with the lawsuit against City and County for not following due process when it comes to handling homeless people's belongings has led to a more tolerant attitude from all involved. They can no longer just push it away and not face it, but at the same time they are also ill-equipped to deal with all the accompanying issues they are facing, so there has been many problems that have arisen because of this.

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