Brian Orford and Amanda Morgan pack up their belongings at the Dell Hotel monday afternoon.

Low-income residents made homeless in Surrey today

About 50 people were to be removed from the Dell Hotel by midnight Monday.

Brian Orford expects to be homeless by midnight, along with about 50 other people in North Surrey.

It’s Monday afternoon, and Orford is cleaning up his room at the Dell Hotel, in the 10600-block King George Highway.

By the end of the day, scores of low-or-no income people have to be out.

It was initially thought they would be displaced at 1 p.m., but because notification to residents had no hour on it, they are being given until midnight.

As of 1 p.m., only three of the estimated 50 people have left, and there’s an air of defiance at the hotel. Most don’t plan on leaving.

Orford and his girlfriend Amanda Morgan believe they will be homeless, because of their dog Roxy. Orford has had Roxy for 10 years, and he’s not giving her up. Accommodation for someone with a dog will be difficult to find.

“I can’t find a place that will take my dog,” he said.

The problem arose after the hotel was sold to an overseas buyer in September, who anticipated it would be empty.

It wasn’t.

The building had been sublet to someone who rented rooms for $375 (the total amount of social services housing cheques) to about 23 people. Another 25 or so have been squatting in the building.

Officials from police and B.C. Housing were on hand at 1 p.m. Monday in an attempt ease the transition to alternate housing.

Some social service providers have their doubts about the whole process.

“I think that it’s deplorable that people don’t have affordable housing,” said Jonquil Hallgate, executive director of Surrey Urban Mission, where it’s expected some of the newly created homeless will be sent. “It’s deplorable that it’s Nov. 21, and we’re in the midst of we’re in the coldest part of the year thus far and people are unhoused today.

“And it’s deplorable that there aren’t a lot of options,” she said.

The 50 people that were living in the Dell were not counted in the last regional homeless count, as they were paying rent, Hallgate said.

“People didn’t hang out for the last two months because they thought they were going to get a stay of execution today,” Hallgate said. “They hung out there for the last two months because they had nowhere to go.”

Coun. Barinder Rasode said she’s been told by city staff that all the people will be placed in housing.

“When I asked the question about what that housing looks like, I didn’t get an answer,” Rasode said. “I think it is an important thing moving forward to enhance our homelessness and housing strategy.”

Rasode said the city needs to be prepared for situations like this.

“They should not be put out on the street, especially in this weather,” she said. “They have nowhere else to go.”

@diakiw

 

Just Posted

White Rock to ‘embark on a new direction’ for city’s management

Dan Bottrill has been the city’s chief administrative officer since 2012

‘Slight’ arsenic increase noted in White Rock water: city

Challenges in plant commissioning cited, testing underway

Coastal FC Walking Soccer program takes first steps

South Surrey recreation program held weekly at BMO Coastal Soccer Centre

Event set to light up White Rock’s Memorial Park

Inaugural Festival of Lights will launch on Dec. 6

Advocates push for high-speed rail connecting Vancouver to Seattle, Portland

The bullet train idea could cost an estimated $50 billion

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Bargaining to resume in Metro Vancouver transit strike as bus driver overtime ban looms

Both sides might be headed back to the table to prevent new overtime ban

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

B.C. teacher suspended for incessantly messaging student, writing friendship letter

Female teacher pursued Grade 12 student for friendship even after being rebuked

Most Read

l -->