Near-zero vacancy rate has disabled B.C. senior facing homelessness (SPH)
Kieris O’Neill is staring homelessness in the face.
As governments try and address a near-zero vacancy rate and property prices that are seeing rental costs soar, the Maple Ridge disabled senior simply cannot find a new place to live, even though she can afford to pay $1,200 to $1,300 per month.
O’Neill has lived in Maple Ridge for 50 years, early in her career working as a labratory technician at Ridge Meadows Hospital. She went back to university for more education, then worked as a researcher at St. Paul’s and Vancouver General Hospitals. She ended her working life working in partnership with her husband in real estate.
Neil Corbett reports
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