With a number of Fort McMurray families affected by the wildfire still staying at soon to be closed campgrounds, they’ll have another option next month.
But it comes at a steep price.
The Alberta government says it’s moving up to 65 temporary mobile homes to a lot in Parsons Creek, but deposits and market rents will be charged; upwards of $2,500 a month.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Danielle Larivee, says that’s the way it has to be.
“If, indeed, we do drop the rates substantially, we actually could distort the market in Fort McMurray and disturb the local economy in many ways,” explained Larivee.
She says families in need, unable to afford the temporary housing, can access government assistance or speak with the Red Cross.
The move is meant to help families like that of Tina Mootrey, who says their townhome in Beacon Hill was only slightly damaged; however the province will not let them move back until the surrounding area is cleaned up.
But she thinks it should be the homeowner’s choice.
“I did have a public health inspector here,” remarked Mootrey. “One of his questions to me was how do I feel about being so close to the burn? And I said it don’t bother me. I said if it gets that bad we’ll put plastic in our windows to keep the soot out, just so we can move home.” (Global News/td)