The Georgia Straight: Pregnant single mom with three kids faces eviction from Surrey apartment

Posted July 19, 2016

[Kristina Foley is a member of the North Surrey chapter of ACORN. She and her family are helping in the fight for more affordable housing]

Kristina Foley is desperate. The single mom on income assistance is being evicted from her Surrey apartment.

Foley has three kids, aged 15, two, and eight months old. She is also pregnant with a fourth child. Unless she finds a place soon, they may end up on the street.
 
She has looked around, but no one is willing to take them in.
 
“I’ve run out of options,” Foley told the Straight by phone Monday (July 18). “I’ve gone everywhere trying to find a place, and I can’t find anything. I’m worried about being homeless.”
 
According to her, the landlord wanted to raise her rent. When she complained, she was told in June that her lease will not be renewed. She has until the end of August to leave.
 
She has looked in Surrey, Delta, Langley, and New Westminster for a new place. She gets the same reaction: “They don’t want to rent to people who have kids. They don’t want to rent to people who aren’t working. And the prices are out of my price range. I’m being judged on my source of income, and that’s not fair.”
 
On Monday, Foley went to see Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston and asked for help.
 
According to the B.C. NDP representative, he is doing everything he can. He has sent a letter to B.C. Housing CEO Shayne Ramsey to ask if there’s a public housing unit available for Foley and her family.
 
Ralston said in phone interview with the Straight that Foley’s situation is “symptomatic of the housing crisis in the Lower Mainland”.
 
“It’s tough out there,” Ralston said.
 
 
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Article by Carlito Pablo for the Georgia Straight