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The Gables condemned

Approximately 17 people have been left homeless after The Gables on Martin Street was condemned.

Tenants were apparently informed Sunday that they had until July 15 to vacate the premises after the building was classified as unsafe and not liveable by the BC Fire Commissioner..

But, this afternoon (Wednesday), officials with the fire department went through the building telling everyone they had until the end of the week to go.

"I feel sad we've got to leave. I have my cat I have to worry about.  Hopefully we can get a place in the next week or two and that will be it. That's all I'm thinking," says Bob Dien, one of the tenants being forced to leave.

It would appear though that those being displaced will not be without a roof over their heads.

Because Penticton does not have an emergency shelter, Kelowna's Gospel Mission has agreed to take in the tenants.

"We are the social service leader in the Okanagan and when the call is received, and when misfortune strikes, we immediately respond to people in crisis," says Executive Director, Randy Benson.

Despite being at capacity the Gospel Mission will accommodate the men and women that agree to come to Kelowna.

Each person will be given a hot meal, shelter and clothing and will be connected to a case worker to assess their needs.


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