Seniors who were facing eviction from Vancouver’s Terraces on 7th can now breathe a sigh of relief.
The BC Care Providers Association says the company that owns the subsidized retirement property has agreed to terms with Vancouver Coastal Health to keep the existing contract in place until March 2019.
The 21 residents were shocked to find out this past week that the VCH contract would be ending, and as a result, they’d have to go.
Edward Tian, whose 85-year-old mother Mary is a resident at Terraces on 7th, says the news came as a pleasant surprise.
“My mind was just blown, and I was so grateful to hear it for my mother and for the others.”
When asked if he’s worried about another eviction after the contract end date two years from now, Tian says he and his family are just taking it one day at a time.
“I’m grateful the stress has been taken off my mother, for now.”
A new task force assembled
BC Care Providers’ CEO Daniel Fontaine says the fear and frustration that ensued for the tenants and their families has sparked the creation of the Assisted Living Tenancy Task Force.
“To take a look at what happened at the Terraces and whether or not there are things that could be looked at to prevent that from happening in the future. There is concern out there from the public regarding whether or not this is potentially a trend, or whether or not this is an isolated case.”
He believes this was an isolated incident, but will be consulting with B.C. assisted living providers, as well as seniors and their families to determine if any changes are necessary.
Fontaine says the Assisted Living Tenancy Task Force will be issuing any possible recommendations in the next 60 days.
With files from Kathryn Stewart