CHEAP SEATS: Landlord association doing right by Bel Marine residents
In the movies, landlords tend to get a bad rap, one they clearly don’t deserve if the Quinte Region Landlords Association is any indication.
The association is urging the 250 landlords in the area it represents as either members or subscribers to accept anyone displaced from the Bel Marine retirement building, at least on a temporary basis.
Bel Marine was closed down at the end of last month following a series of orders from the Ministry of Labour.
That left the 100 residents, many of whom have ambulatory issues and other disabilities, scrambling to find places to live.
While Hastings County has found temporary residences, many of those are hotel rooms that are cramped and unsuitable for people with mobility issues.
That is why the QRLA is stepping up to help with what it has called a tragic situation.
By offering spaces to displaced residents on a temporary basis, they hope that with time, the residents may be able to find spaces in local retirement homes and stay in their community.
Of course, not all available apartments will be suitable.
But, as the saying goes, every little bit helps, particularly when it comes to helping some of those most vulnerable among us find homes in the community they have called home for much of their lives.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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