Call for storytellers: Generation Rent

Photograph courtesy of Jackie Wong.

Help us make the case for more affordable rental in Vancouver. Take part in “Generation Rent,” a special public storytelling night and panel discussion to close a year of affordable housing reporting by the Tyee Solutions Society. We’ll explore what it will take for Vancouver to more fully support and embrace its growing population of long-term renters.

The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 8 to 9:30pm at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings). Tyee Solutions Society reporter Jackie Wong will host the event and moderate the discussion. She’s looking for renter storytellers to participate in the evening.

The night’s an opportunity for you to share some of the joys and challenges you experience as renters in Vancouver.

Jackie is looking for renters who represent Vancouver’s economic, social, cultural, generational, and ethnic spectrum, particularly people who can share the following perspectives:

  • What it’s like for a parent, or parents, to rent in the city with kids
  • The experience of living alone and earning all or part of your income through social assistance (disability assistance, income assistance)
  • The experiences of a young couple planning a future together
  • What it’s like to be a young person living in shared roommate housing and making your first tracks in adult life

Interested? Contact Jackie with the email subject line “Generation Rent – renter storyteller.”

In your response, please include the following information:

  • Your gender
  • Household makeup
  • Where you live (what neighbourhood in Vancouver? What Lower Mainland municipality?)
  • What you pay for rent
  • How you earn an income

A limited number of storyteller spots are available. 

Thanks for your interest!