Temporary Autonomous Shelter Collective: TASC Survey Report 2009
TASC Survey Report 2009 (PDF)
The Temporary Autonomous Shelter Collective (TASC) is a group of homeless,
unstably housed and housed individuals who are determined to take collective
action on homelessness by ensuring that all residents in Coast Salish territories can
live with dignity, autonomy and respect. TASC was formed to explore the possibility of
creating user-run communities of temporary shelters, often called "tent cities".
While we were excited about the prospects of facilitating the process of creating a
user-run “tent city” in Victoria, we had to begin by seeing if there was a need and a
desire within our communities. Our first step was to get the opinions of those who
matter most – those who would be interested in living in a community of tents or
small shelters. We decided that the best and most inclusive way to hear what
people had to say would be to informally interview members of the street
community with a basic, simple and flexible survey as a guide. The survey was
distributed to people who self-identify as homeless or living in an unstable housing
situation in order to find out if they saw a need for a "tent city", and to see what
shape such a community would take. We will use the results of the survey to help
ensure that the project is guided by the visions, interests and needs of the
communities it will serve.
A team of volunteers and practicum students attended briefing sessions and
distributed the survey within the street community from February until April 2009.
We also tried to reach people who are homeless or unstably housed but who don’t
access downtown services by creating an on-line version of the survey.
Our humble, grassroots survey collected the reflections and opinions of 116 street-involved
individuals. This report summarizes the results of our survey.
TASC Survey Report 2009 (PDF)
Autonomous Grassroots Action on Homelessness
Are you ready to take immediate, autonomous, grassroots action on homelessness?
Do you want to fight for your rights and/or the rights of homeless people?
Do you have energy, skills, time, or knowledge that you want to dedicate to an exciting new project?
Get involved with TASC!
The Temporary Autonomous Shelter Collective (TASC) is facilitating a process of creating a user-run community of temporary shelters, often called "tent cities".
We are a group of homeless and housed individuals who are determined to ake collective action on homelessness by ensuring that ALL residents on Coast Salish territories can live with dignity, autonomy and respect.
Why a "Tent City"?
The BC Supreme court recently ruled that homeless people have the right to erect temporary shelter in the ansense of sufficient shelter beds.
User-designed and user-run communities of temporary shelters have proven to be successful short-term solutions to housing crises in many communites.
"Tent Cities" are lost cost, immediately applicable and safe measures we can all take to provide temporary shelter.
Residents report that 'tent cities' provide safety, comfort, dignity and support for people who can't access shelters or have different needs.
Ready to be part of the action?
Come to our meetings, bring your ideas and get involved with outreach, community interviewing, fundraising, media work, legal work, research, art and more…
Next meeting scheduled for mid-September.
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