Tenants from Lila's Block in Kenora are getting some help, as they deal with a court order. Trudy McCormick is the executive director for the Northwest Legal Clinic.

"We're hoping that we'll hear from some of the tenants and be able to help them find accommodations somewhere else in the community," she said.

McCormick says they don't have an exact number of people involved, and she emphasizes the number of affordable housing units in the city is going down, rather than up. An order was issued to close the second and third floor of the old Dalmore Hotel at the end of December. Tenants were issued letters of notice last week.

"We have talked to the district services board, and they have been very interested in trying to support clients to transition to places, if there is a way, but they are limited by their funding and their rules on what they can provide," McCormick added.

The services board is hoping to add new units to the district, following a federal-provincial agreement announced last year, but there's no word on when construction might start on these units, much less when they may be available for tenants.

In addition, the city lost units at the corner of Matheson and McLellan last spring in a fire, and they have not been repaired or replaced.

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Downtown apartments closed

City of Kenora - State of Housing Report (2018)

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