The majority of Syrian government-assisted refugees who have arrived in B.C. are still living in temporary housing or hotels.
So far, out of nearly 680 government-assisted refugees, only three families have been settled into permanent homes, said Chris Friesen with Immigrant Services Society of B.C.
Although the ISSofBC has over 1,110 housing leads, he says the challenge is "the families are larger than we anticipated."
The average size of a refugee family is six, Friesen said, while the majority of the housing offers have been for shared living or basement suites that would not be appropriate for larger families.
"We've very short of larger, permanent housing accommodations for five to eight family members. That range is really where we need it," he said...Best o' luck finding that, um, range, in places like Vancouver and Surrey.
But what about the money they're getting from the Trudeau government? With families that size, surely they'll be getting tons of support, right?:
Refugees will get a housing allowance to cover their first year in B.C., but it's not a large amount. A family of four with two children under age 19, for example, will get $800 a month.$800 a month?
That should get you digs about the same size--or even smaller--than the "two-room house in Jordan" where a refugee family mentioned in the Ceeb report used to live.
What do you want to bet that, in a year or so, more than a few disenchanted Syrian refugees will be outta here?