10 Syrian families are without a permanent home after an apartment complex fire last week.
But how long will it take to find housing for the government-sponsored refugees who arrived in Canada just 6 months ago?
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart says the families are now in the hands of the Immigrant Services Society of BC
“ISS has taken over from our city and emergency social services, and the provincial emergency program.”
“We were able to put them up at SFU for 8 nights and that ended. ISS of BC has cleared space for them at Welcome House.”
However, Chris Stephenson with ISS BC gave no timeline for how long they will say at the temporary refugee centre.
“We’re trying our best to find permanent accommodation for them, we are hiring extra staff to look at different options across Metro Vancouver.”
Mayor Stewart admits it might not be easy to find permanent housing.
“We’re going to work really hard to keep them out of that reality.”
In February CKNW reported 10 families became frustrated after being housed in a Richmond Hotel for more than 6 weeks while waiting for a permanent home.