Rental situation for single females

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Re: Rental situation for single females

Postby Mkatee8 » Aug 21st, 2019, 12:31 am

youjustcomplain wrote:I can't imagine trying to live off $17.50 per hour.

That said, being single and living alone are two different things. If you just look through classifieds for 1 bedroom suites, you're right, $1200 is pretty much what you'd find. Being a woman means that sharing a 2 bedroom suite comes with risks as you never know who else will be in the place with you at any given time. Something us men don't really worry about.

I don't think it's the city's responsibility to provide low cost housing to single woman though. Just like anyone else, if you can't afford to live here, then don't. Rent is a LOT cheaper the further away from cities you go. I realize the work opportunities are also poor as you get further from town, but I know people who have moved up to work camps up north to make ends meet. Maybe that should be a consideration. Though I can't say anything about the personal risk/safety that a woman may feel up there. The people I know who did this are woman and never commented on their safety, but it certainly doesn't mean they felt safe.



I've tried the northern work option, but it's mentally a lot to handle. I have PTSD and I'm not using it as an excuse not to work, but I function best around my strong support system that I have in place--without regular counselling, therapy, and strong community there's no way I could work full time. $17.50 is a really good wage in kelowna for someone with little experience.

My friend is a bit different in that she really only has the capacity to work where she is. She works hard, makes minimum wage... But even at full time she can only afford $700 rent.

A room she can afford but she's too scared to do that again. And I just have my last month of living with a nightmare roommate (raw chicken open in the fridge, using my stuff all the time, never took out garbage or did dishes). It's really appalling how people live when they rent and it ruins it for the rest of us who can only afford a roommate situation.

My friend and I found a place together so it's sort of sorted out.
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Re: Rental situation for single females

Postby Mkatee8 » Aug 21st, 2019, 12:39 am

MCB wrote:Move somewhere more affordable; I live in Central BC and pay 788 a month for a 1 bedroom apartment. If you're using your sex as an excuse I have a newsflash for you; the modern world isn't the 50's anymore!



I never used being female as an excuse... It's more being a single person. In kelowna there are very few 1 bdrm places available. A ton of people will buy a home and rent out as many rooms as they can.

Also, when mental health is involved, moving away from support is a big deal. I explained it in a different reply, and I can't speak for my friend but I've tried moving and my mental health suffers. I've invested a lot to be well and able to work a well paying job. I can afford my own place, but my friend has had a really hard time. And she has other barriers I just can't publicly say.

So yes, there totally are out of town options but it's just not an option.
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