July 24th, 1974 — At the end of the 1974 spring term the above photograph of UBC students camping on Wreck Beach for lack of housing on campus ran in the Vancouver Province newspaper. UBC promised they would do something but when I went back in September I found John Villeneuvei (bottom picture) living in a tent on Wreck Beach with his wife and dog and it was for the same reason, no affordable housing for students on campus or in the city. In the early 70’s basement suites in west side houses were illegal and cheap Kitsilano apartments were being turned into condos. Kind of like today except for the basement suites which is why the federal government has just announced a program to subsidize low income renters. We’ll see what happens.
September 12th, 1974 — UBC student John Villeneuvei
December 28th, 2015 — Camp for homeless person on Alexander Street at Columbia.
October 1st, 2016 — Temporarily a home for someone on Columbia Street at 7th Avenue.
June 1st, 2017 — Homeless person camped on Burrard Street at Robson.
June 1st, 2017 — Camp for homeless person set up with pillows, duvet, mattress, and box spring on Pacific Blvd right under the Granville Street Bridge.
November 30th, 2016 — This car with trailer was parked for days at a time at various locations along 16th Avenue near UBC last winter. It was home for someone.
May 3rd, 2017 — Another camp for a homeless person this time under the Granville Street Bridge at Beach Avenue.
April 29th, 2017 — Camp for homeless person on Beach Avenue under the Granville Street Bridge.
November 20th, 2016 — Shelter for a homeless person west of Quebec Street just east of Terminal Avenue.