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BC Housing tenants concerned about lack of building managers

Residents in BC Housing are taking the organization to task over a lack of building managers at two Prince Rupert properties.

BC Housing confirmed there were two complexes in town without building managers, one since the end of July and one since the end of September, and one tenant said that is simply not acceptable and is a safety issue.

"I'm worried about my family and family members who live in BC Housing ... with no managers, how does one maintain the level of service, but also safety here? This is a safety issue and there is no and has been no information. We as taxpayers are not being looked after, nor informed. What is bc housing doing with the taxpayers money?" said the tenant, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"What if there is a fire? What if there is an emergency? They are suppose to be helping those of us who are in greater need."

In a statement, BC Housing said the lack of building managers and the replacement of those who previously filled the positions has to do with ongoing negotiations about the future of BC Housing in town.

"In July, BC Housing issued an Expression of Interest for property and building management for four directly managed buildings, including these two, and is working on finalizing a contract with a non-profit housing organization," reads the statement.

"Until the non-profit is in place, BC Housing has contracted for essential services and regular maintenance at the buildings. A letter was sent to all residents in each building, providing them with an emergency maintenance number. That number is posted at the office. Residents living in the Senior Supportive Housing units also have a 24 hour response system monitored by Lifeline."

BC Housing says any tenants with maintenance concerns can call 250-622-9760.

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