Just days after residents of the Balmoral Hotel in the Downtown Eastside were evicted by the city due to concerns regarding structure and fire safety, those residents now have a new place to call home.
On Friday, the City of Vancouver, in conjunction with BC Housing, announced 131 housing units have been secured for residents of the Balmoral Hotel to “move into beginning immediately.”
Officials involved with the process “have been going all-out to secure homes – not shelter spaces – for every tenant who is being displaced due to the evacuation of the Balmoral,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in a statement. “I’m very pleased that BC Housing has come forward to help us secure homes for all of the Balmoral tenants, and ensuring that they will rent at welfare rates.”
All residents are required to be out of the Balmoral by June 12.
“The safety and security of the tenants during the transition is our top priority” Robertson added. “At the same time, the City awaits the next steps from our prosecutor on proceeding with taking the Sahota family to court for the 150-plus violations related to the Balmoral Hotel.”
Most of the units in the new accommodations are said to be pet friendly.