Dozens of government sponsored Syrian refugees are being housed in hotels, as the influx of round two arrivals continues and government shelters are pushed to the max.
Chris Friesen, Settlement Director with the Immigrants Services Society says families are taking up temporary shelter at the 2400 Motel and Century Plaza.
But according to Friesen, ISS is finding permanent housing much faster.
He says, “With more even flow coming into the province now, currently our average length of stay in temporary housing is 23 days.”
Earlier this year, at least 10 families were reported to be housed in hotels for more than a month.
Most are being settled across the Lower Mainland, with a majority in Surrey.
Friesen says, “We try to find permanent housing that is transit friendly, where we can, in walking proximity to a school.”
Currently, 35 people are being housed in hotels, taking up a dozen rooms.
In total 146 refugees need permanent housing.
The average cost per room is around $100, and funded by the immigration resettlement assistance program.
Another 300 refugees are expected to arrive by the end of the year.