Sometimes it’s a pot of mould at the end of the rainbow, not a pot of gold.
The members of Rainbow’s End Housing Co-op in Burnaby are finding this out the hard way. This 39-unit co-op is only five years old, but its heating, plumbing and building-envelope problems are so serious that every member has to move out so they can be fixed. Repairs are due to begin in the spring, and the co-op will not be ready for occupancy again until July 2004.
According to Rhonda Comeau of the Rainbow’s End board, most of the co-op’s members are young families who need two or three-bedroom units. One member needs a wheelchair accessible home. And the clock is ticking.
Rainbow’s End is a Homes BC co-op, and BC Housing will help members relocate. BC Housing will also provide a housing charge subsidy for eligible members in their new homes.
So how about it, BC co-ops! Do you have a unit (now or some time soon) that would be just right for a Rainbow’s End member? Some members will want to move back into the co-op when repairs are complete. Others will stay in their new homes. Still others just won’t know until the time comes.
To help, you can call the Federation at 604.879.5111 and we’ll forward the message.