Richard Stewart is asking his community to take a second look at secondary suites as potential homes for Syrian families. This as a result of he province and social services continuing to scramble to find housing for victims of last week’s fire.
Stewart says about six refugee families will likely be able to move back into the building on Cottonwood Ave., but they’re hoping people will come forward with options for the others.
“We made the call eight months ago when we knew we were going to get these, when the federal minister said the three things he needs most is housing, housing, housing. We still need housing, we’ve got a lot of work to do as a city, but I also know that there are stones out there than need to be turned over.”
Stewart says the outpouring of financial support from the community has been heartening and that the city will be looking at a way of collecting furniture and other item donations in the coming days.
But he says in the meantime, there’s a dire need for homes for larger families.
“Particularly if it has two or three bedrooms, because that’s our challenge. These are two bedroom units that were burnt out, but many of these families have three kids.”
Stewart says the apartment was always meant to be transitional housing, but the fire has urgently pushed up the timeline.