Letter: Affordable housing is extinct in Penticton

Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

I dare you to try to find any place to rent in this city for under $1,000 a month.

Landlords are capitalizing on this by jacking up the rent when their existing tenant moves out.

What is the city doing? Nothing. Where are we going to put the influx of seasonal workers that come here in the summer? What if you have a pet or kids? What if you make the pathetic minimum wage so many employers pay in this town?

We have people moving here buying up our homes for a fraction of what they sold their old home for in Vancouver. So many people retiring here but where are we going to house our children that are going to college and living on student loans? Many make minimum wage and are not eligible for EI if going to school.

What about young families who have been renting and now their place is now being sold? Where are we going to house them? Why should people have to give up their pets because there is not any places that you can rent if you have one now?

I don’t blame landlords for selling or moving into their rentals themselves that is their right, but what are we, Penticton, going to do when people start getting put out on the street when even the hotels are full this summer. Sure we have some new buildings almost ready to move in, great, would you pay $1,150 per month for 622 square foot, one bedroom, plus utilities, phone, cable, plus parking ($60) and $150 month more if you don’t sign lease and go month to month.

What happens when people cant find a place they can afford to live in? I’l tell you, they move, live on the street or commit crimes to pay the bills. None of these options is good for Penticton. I don’t have the answers but we better start finding some.

Rena Turner

Penticton

Just Posted

Apex hosting Canadian selections mogul event

Apex Freestyle Club along with some local competitors from the B.C. Freestyle Ski team are competing

Video: Update one man arrested in Okanagan Falls

The RCMP has requested the school go into lockdown

Okanagan Taste: Favourite food and drinks of the past year

When it comes to food and drink, the most frequent questions I… Continue reading

Christmas hamper volunteers pitch in to give back to Penticton

Volunteers begin work in preparation for Salvation Army hamper distribution

New acting vice principal for Penticton Secondary School

The Board of Education of School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) announced a new appointment

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Michaels: Big Brother has become a big letdown

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, but privacy should still have some appeal.”

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Most Read