It’s not permanent housing, but it’s a helping hand the Immigrant Services Society needs.
And people have been stepping up. One of the big offers comes from Vancouver developer, Ian Gillespie.
“…he has reached out to us and provided us with an apartment building in the West End free of charge, 12 apartments to allow us to use it as a transitional housing arrangement.”
The property will be refurbished and furnished, with costs born by Gillespie’s West Bank Developments.
Friesen says his group has seen an ‘overwhelming response’ since issuing a public plea for people to open up their homes to a wave of Syrian refugees expected to arrive within weeks.
He adds another option being floated around for temporary housing would be a ship.
But he says local hotels are offering up some lodging, and they’re just waiting on numbers and dates for the refugees.