Two years ago, I wrote about the collectively bunched panties of the people in my neighbourhood regarding the social housing in the area. A new facility is being built, and people are freaking the fuck out – “NOT IN MY BACKYARD!!!” they’re literally screaming, then turn around and are SUPER OFFENDED when someone says they’re going all NIMBY. It’s hilarious to watch, if only because it’s fucking disgusting and I want to burn them all to the ground. Figuratively, that is. I do not condone the burning of selfish assholes who are more concerned about their property values – in Vancouver, where the average stand-alone house is worth close to 2 million – than human lives.
So, the new situation: a house was purchased a few blocks over, and is being converted into a small halfway house for teens. It’ll be staffed 24/7, and house no more than 5 patients at a time. The ages range from 16 – 18, and all residents have been through detox and rehab – it is a literal halfway house, to help them readjust to normal life. Residents cannot leave the property unless they are accompanied by a staff member.
Here are some comments from the petition (of course) that went up to protest the facility (everything is [sic]):
This city staff have approved many site or addiction house around our area with out resident agrees. This city staffs stripped our human rights “freedom of choice”,who we can live with; mental illness people? Drug users? Drug dealers around? It is time to let all of these residents stand up , we want our Human Right back ! We want freedom of choice! We want this city staff know what residents want!
My niece lives in this area and should not be subjected to such sites on a daily basis. Horrendous idea.
We want a safe neighborhood for our kids. No more drug/mental health related facilities please!
And here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes in the community email thread. The bolded comments are just the best:
The children in our home area are too heavily weighted with these “social problems” I think the city should spread the issue around the city. These addicted kids should be in an area that is more isolated, not near transport, pot stores, and temptations. A more nature filled location where they can hike, exercise, focus and learn how to behave in a “normal society: anger management, deep psychological help.
The city is just bullying our neighbourhood, they got away the homeless shelter despite massive response against,now we have begging at all the intersections, begging outside the shops, petty crime but they assured us that all would be well. then park the next outcry and many against, they just went ahead, . I used to see many little ones with their families at the jungle jim play set at <name> park on hot days and evenings, now it is virtually abandoned, it is 40 ft from the front door of a mental health/addiction facility. What mother is going to take her kids to play there?
I am completely opposed to the use of <address> as facility for recovering youth addicts. There are many reasons including;
- The wrong zoning,
- Lack of proper public notification
- A neighbourhood already forced to deal with very large shelters and the issues they bring (and they do)
- Proximity to an elementary school
There are even more reasons but please do not call NIMBYISM one of them. I take great offence when this term is thrown around when we are trying to have a rational discussion on this issue.
But of course it is so easy to call us NIMBY’s as a red herring to steer the conversation away from the real issue – pathetic public consultation.
BTW, <name> Liquor Store is opening up on the <address>, in the <name> condo. In the same block, you have a massage parlour, two marijuana dispensaries and a liquor store. One can smoke pot, have sex, and drink booze all in a one block area. What’s our neighbourhood becoming? We need a clean and safe neighbourhood!
I too spoke to <name> at the CoV. Poor woman. Fielding lots of calls.
I told her there are lots of families that would love to live in such a nice house! Would the CofV considering buying them one, too?
I told her if I was a neighbour and this happened? I would be so pissed off.
It doesn’t improve OUR neighbourhood or land value, or provide our kids with other kids to play with.. Or babysitters to help around the ‘hood.
BUt the really really important thing? It is across the alley from the <housing>… a no barrier, low income (no income but assistance) housing project. The dope can be tossed over the fence. This is NOT the place for this house.
Find a farm.
I absolutely Do Not agree with the statement that we are acting NIMBY and take offence to that.
I think this neighbourhood is doing it’s fair share to “give back” to the community.
Please let’s stop concentrating it this way and spread these facilities across Vancouver in a more thoughtful manner, if you truly believe that “It takes a village”.
Such beautiful sentiments. Such an incredible display of humanity. Definitely not NIMBYism, how dare you call it that? I simply want the filthy undesirables to not be in my back yard, is all. Is that too much to ask? What about my HUMAN RIGHT? Won’t somebody think of the children? But not those children. I mean MY children. The good ones.
Put all the bad ones on a farm, where I don’t have to look at them. Or think about them. Until I or someone I love needs help, at which point I will scream about the lack of services and housing.
Fuck these people. I’m so disgusted with humanity right now, and it’s not even 10 am.