LETTERS: Last stop before homelessness

Editor:

Re: Seacrest evictees stand pat at site, Nov. 18.

Editor:

Re: Seacrest evictees stand pat at site, Nov. 18.

I moved to Seacrest Motel and RV Park last year. I had many reasons for doing so, including because I couldn’t find affordable housing.

I am on a provincial disability pension. The housing that is available in my price range wasn’t suitable for many reasons, including management that was discriminatory because of my disability, assuming I may be a drug user etc.… When I had any valid reasons for making a complaint, I wasn’t taken seriously and suffered greatly – physically and mentally.

There were safety reasons, such as violence, drug-related activity and property crime. In the last place I lived, someone broke into my apartment three times and attempted to break in once while I was sleeping. I have many police files.

In the past two years, I have moved, at great expense, five times. I finally broke down after spending all my savings and borrowed some money to buy a trailer home. I figured I would have a little more control over my environment and always have a roof over my head.

I realized, when I started looking for a pad to rent, that there are few availabilities and that anywhere close to Vancouver, where my doctors are, were very high prices.

Then I found Seacrest.

The management – Nina, Barney and Paulette – were understanding, non-judgmental and accepting of me, which was very refreshing.

I really appreciate them all.

Shortly after moving in, I found out the property may be developed. This causes me stress because the uncertainty has put my life on hold.

I’d finally found somewhere that community is very important – and that is important to me. I have volunteered thousands of hours in communities and am doing so now. The uncertainty stalls me from finding a job, which I am ready to do after doing a form of chemotherapy last year and feeling well enough to do so, but now I may have to wait. Working can afford me a better quality of life.

I also cannot move much further out of the Vancouver area, because access to doctors and specialists would be greatly limited and is something I just can’t afford to do financially or physically.

I have been homeless in the past and ended up in the hospital very sick and almost dying in 2010.

Needless to say, I do not want to be homeless again, but I am afraid that is the next step for me if this affordable pad is taken from me.

Unfortunately, I feel this is my last stop before homelessness. I don’t have anywhere else to go from here.

Please do whatever you can to help our situation in having affordable housing.

R. Vezina, Surrey

 

 

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