Anti-Gentrification Tent City!!

23 May

The neighbourhood of “Cedar Hill” has a longstanding history as a low income area in Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2005 the City of Kitchener passed a bylaw that specifically targeted Cedar Hill, by restricting any new dwellings built in the area except single family homes; with the exception of Duplexes/Triplexes but only if the landlord lives in a unit, and banned any new group homes and other social services from setting up there, which specifically affects the high concentration of low-income and working class folks and families that live and use the services located here.
This is just one example of the campaign to gentrify downtown Kitchener and its surrounding neighbourhoods that is already well under way. It’s time to take up space in downtown Kitchener and make it useful for the people who live here and their allies. This June from the 16th to the 20th, we plan to do this by facilitating a week of conversations, workshops, and community services aimed at community needs with a specific focus on gentrification.
In order to offer all the awesome programing we have planned we need your help! We need volunteers and equipment to get this vision off of the ground. If you are interested in helping out with any of the following groups or tasks please email katwombwell@gmail.com
– Child care volunteers
– Trauma and resource support
– Food prep, serving, and dishes volunteers
– Other – If you’d like to do whatever needs doing
– Freezer space (if you have this available please let us know ASAP as we are currently in the process of stocking up)
– Equipment (i.e. tents)
– Banner team (We need to make banners before the event)

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