Affordable housing storm hits City Hall

The battle for affordable housing swept through City Hall Thursday night as tenants at 4550 Fraser St. appealed for council action to save their homes. (Read the report here at item 4.) Council has no legal power to stop demolition, more than 120 low-cost rental units will be eliminated and the remaining 30 to 40 tenants have nowhere to go. Council adjourned at 10 p.m. with a number of residents still be heard from, but check out Derek Lennie for a very moving and human account of the insecurity faced by tenants.

All this in the same week that council learned of massive cost overruns in the affordable housing section of the Olympic Village.