Time running out for tenants

Vernon city council was provided with an update Monday on the Green Valley Motel

Social agencies continue to pull resources together for some renters facing eviction.

Vernon city council was provided with an update Monday on the Green Valley Motel and the tenants who must find new homes by the end of August.

“We are getting information out to the tenants and we are encouraging the tenants to reach out to the John Howard Society and the housing outreach program,” said Annette Sharkey, with the Social Planning Council.

The RCMP have helped circulate the information to the tenants.

There are 27 units and while about 15 units were occupied a month ago, the exact number of tenants is not known.

Most of the tenants are considered low-income and they have limited resources for housing.

Discussions are underway with B.C. Housing to see if temporary beds can be opened at the Gateway Shelter to accommodate those evicted.

“We will do our best to help the tenants,” said Sharkey.

Sharkey is also reaching out to the property owner to determine what security measures will be in place once the building is vacant.