Legal Fund for Vulnerable Tenants, the Guevarras

A vulnerable Mount Pleasant family needs your help to stop an unjust eviction !

Nelia and Wilfredo Guevarra are 67 year old disabled Filipino immigrants who have lived at the corner of Broadway and Carolina for 24 years. They raised their two daughters in this home and often provide care for their two grandchildren who also live in Mount Pleasant. Two years ago, their building was bought by PortLiving, a condo developer slowly gentrifying Mount Pleasant. Since PortLiving bought their building, the Guevarras’ lives have been completely destabilized since they thought they would stay in this home for the rest of their lives. PortLiving is evicting the Guevarras’ while providing very little by way of compensation, despite the fact that their rent will almost double due to this displacement. To make matters worse, the City of Vancouver is not enforcing the Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy, essentially letting this developer off the hook for the already inadequate provisions required under the policy. 

The Mount Pleasant Chapter of the Vancouver Tenants Union has come together to support the Guevarras', because we want to ensure that they can either stay in the community or receive fair compensation for their displacement. The Mount Pleasant community, including local businesses and community groups, have also voiced their support to protect Nelia and Wilfredo, and to protect their community.

As Nelia has said in an interview  recently, “when they bought this place, [...] they bought our lives.” Knowing that they have the support of the community has empowered them to fight back against PortLiving and the City, and to fight for all tenants who are at risk of eviction in the whole of Vancouver, but they need your help! Nelia and Wilfredo are filing for a stay of eviction. If they win, they will get additional time to find an adequate home; if they lose, PortLiving can require that the Guevarras’ pay their legal fees, which could range from $1500-$5000. For this reason, we are setting up a contingency legal fund to make sure that these already vulnerable tenants living on a fixed income don’t have to stretch their budget any further. 

So what is a contingency legal fund? It means that any collected funds will be used to pay the court, should it be required. If it is not required, your money will be returned to you!

Nelia has taught us that we are stronger together. Our city is built by our communities, our friends, our families, and our neighbours. It is not built by developers. Tell PortLiving and all developers that we will fight for the Guevarras', and we will fight for our communities!

Cover Photo by Ryan Walter Wagner of Good Side Photo


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