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Lack of demand stopping temporary housing units from arriving

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Lack of demand stopping temporary housing units from arriving

Demonstration unit set up at 180 MacKenzie Blvd // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Due to a lack of demand, the 65 temporary housing units will not be arriving in Fort McMurray at this time.

Back in September, it was announced the units would come from Slave Lake after a high demand for three and four bedroom units.

Only 10 applications were applied for during the last six weeks with six of those families already finding housing through the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation properties.

The province along with the WBHDC are currently working on finding housing options, already in place, for the four families still looking.

One issue some say, for the lack of demand, was the rent as it was determined to be at market value pre-fire, with the three bedroom units costing $2,500 a month while a four bedroom unit would cost $2,650 a month.

The Province is saying, ensuring families have a safe place to call home is a key part of restoring the community and we are pleased to see families successfully find local housing.

They will re-visit the option if the need continues to exist in the community.

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