welfare rates are $710/mo. ($1081 if you have a disability). so even those paying $440 should still have $270 left over. now that's not much but they can nip up to our place for free food. and for those working even part-time or casually they still get to keep some of their welfare amount. so i'm not sure how $440/mo. is a problem. now if word gets around that joe has not paid his rent in 2 years and there have been no repercussions then word travels. a few more might try short-paying to see what happens. maybe they just let this all get out of hand.
there is some eye-openers here:
Stovell said Reliance did not charge Pacifica rent, but did require that it pay administration fees and a share of property taxes, insurance costs, utilities and other expenses totalling about $6,500 a month.
He said that since September, Reliance has been covering all those costs to ease Pacifica’s transition.
“We have empathy for what Pacifica has encountered with its current tenant population and we continue to support their work with the community, which is why we entered a unique 10-year lease and then made concessions to help them terminate the lease eight years early in pursuit of more suitable housing for tenants,” he said in an email.
Stovell said Reliance has been focused on other areas of the building, including reconditioning the ground-floor retail spaces, restoring the heritage facade and putting in new double-glazed windows, hot water tanks and other amenities.
“We didn’t really initiate the change,” he said. “Pacifica just found that, even though there was some funding assistance coming from the city and so on, they just can’t make the numbers work to properly take care of those vulnerable residents in that older facility.”
Stovell said it’s doubtful the Fairfield’s upper rooms will remain as low-income housing once Pacifica leaves.
“We don’t know how to operate that kind of housing and they’re experts at that — and they can’t make it work,” he said.
Pacifica notes that, in addition to the money it pays Reliance, the charity is responsible for staffing, maintenance and utility costs that totalled more than $360,000 last fiscal year.
Even with a city subsidy and the money it collects in rent, Pacifica posted a loss last fiscal year of $89,616. “Our financial statements tell the story,” Boulton-Stehle said. “It’s not a viable building and if it was a viable building, I don’t think we would have had this kind of loss.”
perhaps they just let the tenants get right out of hand. sounds like it. pacifica was supposed to be taking in about $26k (62x$420) a month in rent and only paying reliance $6500/mo.
The association says it’s unable to support the complex medical and emotional needs of its tenants in an aging building where none of the rooms have kitchens and residents are required to navigate stairs and share four bathrooms.
As well, Pacifica says it continues to deal with violence and substance-use issues, significant maintenance and staffing costs and chronic non-payment of rent by some of the tenants, who pay $420 a month on average.
is a lack of kitchens and ensuite bathrooms adding to "complex medical and emotional needs" of the tenants? god forbid if they had kitchens there would probably be stove fires all the time. and floods from bathrooms. would elevators help? i don't know.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 15 November 2019 - 06:08 PM.