Town promises to help evicted seniors

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is lending a helping hand to three dozen seniors who have been served eviction notices from their apartment building and don’t know where to go.

“While we recognize this is a civil matter between the property owner and tenant, I want to assure you that we will continue to do everything within our limited power to help minimize the impact on these residents,” Mayor Iain Lovatt says.

The apartment building, located at 465 Rupert Ave., is slated for demolition. The residents are living on fixed incomes and have limited alternative housing options available to them, the mayor reports.

The Town has shared information on tenant rights with residents and will meet with them and representatives from York Region Community Services, Community Partnerships and Support Services, and Housing York this week to help them find the resources and assistance they need.

“Separately, we have arranged for a meeting with the property owners to gain an understanding of the circumstances surrounding the evictions and see how the impact on residents can be minimized,” Lovatt says. “We also understand that residents have sought out their own legal advice.”

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