Permanent housing found for almost all Syrian refugees

Almost all of the 170 Syrian refugees who came to Victoria earlier this year have found homes on Vancouver Island.

Almost all of the 170 Syrian refugees who came to Victoria earlier this year have found homes on Vancouver Island, according to the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA).

Jean McRae, executive director of the ICA, said of the 170 government-assisted refugees who came to Victoria at the end of February, 31 have been relocated to permanent homes in Duncan and 13 will be heading to Nanaimo, while the majority of the others refugees (ranging from a single person to families are as large as 11 and 13 people) have settled or will be settling into permanent housing in Greater Victoria at the end of the month.

Of the families who have settled in Greater Victoria, 23 are under the age of six, 24 are between the ages of six to 12, 20 are between the ages of 13 to 18, 55 are between the ages of 19 and 64 and three are over the age of 65.

“The ones that have moved out, they seem to be doing fairly well. It’s a huge adjustment for them. At the same time as they’re moving into a new place, they’re also having to furnish it and figure out how to get around,” McRae said, adding there are volunteers with the association to help families make the transition. “For sure it’s challenging.”

The association is, however, still looking for permanent housing for four families, one of which is looking for a wheelchair accessible place for their child. They will remain in a hotel until accommodations can be found, but McRae is optimistic they can find something soon.

“Being in a hotel long-term is tough on people. It’s getting to be a very long time now so we really want to get them into something,” she said.

Since November, more than 27,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Canada. Locally, Victoria has welcomed more than 28 privately-sponsored refugees and raised more than $1 million to help with resettlement since December.

To volunteer or to provide housing visit icavictoria.org

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to fall fake eagle tree at Ogden Point

Last year a fake tree was installed to try to entice eagles to stay in the area, without much success

Ambitious B.C. Aviation Museum need $10M to get iconic Lancaster back in the air

Volunteers flock to work on bomber, restoration expected to take 10 years

Saanich to potentially host first hydrogen fuel station on Vancouver Island

Station proposed for corner of Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue

Three children to run Victoria as ‘Mayors’ on Tuesday

Local kids will be honorary mayors for a day

Langford man sentenced to 15 months for child pornography collection

Andre Mollon sentenced for posession of more than 1,000 child pornography images and 70 videos

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Inspirational Vancouver Island youngster dies after battle with brain cancer

Kaiden Finley ‘was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

Most Read