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Safehaven looking for home to rent for a refugee family

COMOX VALLEY, B.C. – A new family is coming into town, but they need a home to settle into.

Safehaven Refugee Sponsorship Group chairperson Gary Stevenson said a Syrian family of seven is coming to the Valley, after over two years of sheltering in Turkey.

The family consists of a mother, her four children, and her parents.

Safehaven is looking for a house that will fit the seven members, and one that would also be close to bus routes and schools. Stevenson said the group hopes to find a place for the family either in Courtenay or Comox.

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And they need to find one soon, as the family could come any time between three weeks or three months.

“It’s a big family, and that’s a challenge for housing. With seven individuals, you really do need a four-bedroom house, which is pretty rare in the Comox Valley,” Stevenson said.

But he added that a three-bedroom house with a den or a living room that can be converted into another bedroom is also an option.

Stevenson said Safehaven has gotten a few responses, but they are in rural areas and moving around may be difficult for the family.

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“We raised all the funds required to support them for the first year and to have a buffer in case there’s any emergency.”

“The Comox Valley has treated us and this family extremely well, and we think quite positively that a house will come forward in short order.”

“We’re just hoping we can find a compassionate landlord in the Valley who will work with us under these circumstances.”

If you know of a place or you have a place you can rent out to the family, contact Safehaven’s housing leader Mike Day at 250-218-3332.

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