Re: View Royal facility opens its doors to region’s homeless (Gazette, Feb. 26)
I am curious how many of the Gazette readers wouldn’t agree that we should take care of our own before taking care of others whom need aid.
What I am referring to is that I know of several people, like myself, who are disabled and on a B.C. Housing wait list and have been for two to five (or more) years.
Recently, one of your articles mentioned the $450,000 B.C. Housing contributed to housing the homeless. While watching television, I recently saw that Syrian refugees are also being housed by B.C. Housing.
My question is this: why are we not being housed as well?
When I contacted B.C. Housing, I was told that they still had no idea when I or anyone else who is on a CPP disability pension will be housed.
I quote,”for every unit that becomes available, we have 500 of you we must choose from to decide who gets it and which 499 must keep waiting.”
Does this seem fair?
I am the son of a refugee myself, so I am not against helping them. But I am disturbed that otherwise healthy and capable of working “homeless” are being housed before we are.
So I ask, am I being selfish in this or do I have a point?