Organizing in Surrey

In Surrey, just like everywhere else in BC, homelessness continues to rise as incomes fall behind skyrocketing rents, governments refuse to build permanent social housing, and vacancy rates plummet. Under these conditions, a homeless encampment emerged along 135A Street in Surrey. Hundreds of people lived in a state of abject poverty for years, and their visibility exposed the deep inequality and injustice at the heart of the social order. The City of Surrey responded with an “Outreach Team” made up of cops and bylaw officers. This was a strategy of containment, surveillance, and punishment of those whose lives and daily survival are seen as a threat to the interests of property-owners and businesses. This strategy continues, even now that the strip has been cleared of tents—in fact, homeless people say that police harassment has escalated. Surrey continues to fund the RCMP to criminalize poor and homeless people, rather than directing resources at the root causes of poverty.

In Surrey, Alliance Against Displacement is fighting for affordable, adequate, accessible, and secure housing, and against the ever-expanding power of cops, courts, and prisons.

Surrey Updates and Events

  • PRESS RELEASE: Surrey threatens to displace homeless encampment after opening new shelter
    November 18, 2019
    For Immediate ReleaseMonday, Nov 18, 2019 SURREY, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories): Homeless residents of a wooded area off of King George Blvd, known as the “billboards” encampment or “Sanctuary Tent City,” say they will not allow the City of Surrey to use the opening of a new shelter
  • PRESS RELEASE: Surrey RCMP and Bylaw seize homeless people’s belongings
    November 11, 2019
    For Immediate ReleaseMonday, November 11, 2019 SURREY, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories): Five homeless people lost their belongings this morning when police and bylaw officers raided their tents, which they had pitched in a North Surrey strip mall for the night. “They left us with nothing
  • “Help us keep each other safe”: Sanctuary Tent City calls for talks with Surrey Fire Chief
    July 29, 2019
    SURREY, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories): Homeless residents of Sanctuary Tent City sent a letter to Fire Chief Larry Thomas on Thursday, July 25, calling for the Surrey Fire Department to cooperate with their efforts to increase fire safety at the camp. “We’re taking proactive steps to
  • Homes Not Hate! Rally at Surrey City Hall
    July 20, 2019
    Flyers have been circulating throughout Guildford in North Surrey, spreading myths and promoting hate against drug users and the homeless community in an effort to block a proposed supportive housing project in the neighbourhood. The 63-unit project is being discussed at the next Surrey City
  • #SaveOurSanctuary: Take 5 Minutes to Defend Surrey’s Homeless Camp!
    July 10, 2019
    Surrey Bylaw Enforcement is threatening to displace over 50 homeless people, who are camping in a wooded area near Bridgeview, which campers call ‘Sanctuary.’ Wanda Stopa, a resident of the camp, says, “We have nowhere else to go. This is our home, it’s our sanctuary, and we won’t let
  • Surrey Bylaw officers threaten to displace new homeless camp, homeless campers announce plans to resist
    July 8, 2019
    For Immediate ReleaseMonday, July 8, 2019 SURREY, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories): Surrey bylaw enforcement officers are threatening to displace over 50 homeless people, who are camping in a wooded lot off of King George Blvd past 112th Ave, which campers have named ‘Sanctuary.’ On
  • 135A Street: Gathering & Remembrance
    July 4, 2019
    Former residents and friends of the Surrey Strip are gathering to share food, music, and memories of loved ones who are no longer with us – the fallen friends of 135A Street. Everyone is