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Housing shortage hits home for SCRD director Lori Pratt

“I was planning to run again,” Pratt said but noted that she needs to locate an affordable rental home for herself, her youngest child and the family’s pet dog and cat before she can make that commitment.
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SCRD Area B director, and former board chair, Lori Pratt says that she may need to move off-Coast if she can't find a place to live. File photo

Area B (Halfmoon Bay) Director Lori Pratt spoke about her family’s search for new rental accommodations at the June 9 Sunshine Coast Regional District board meeting, announcing that if a unit can’t be found, she may be moving off Coast as early as this summer.

“I was planning to run (for a board seat) again,” Pratt said but noted that she needs to locate an affordable rental home for herself, her youngest child and the family’s pet dog and cat before she can make that commitment. She said she was willing to consider any location on the Coast and used part of her director’s report time at the meeting to request leads on potential places to rent.

The former board chair explained that after 12 years in the same rental residence, her landlord has a family member who will be moving into the property, and that she was provided with notice of that change last Friday.

Pratt said she knew the accommodation rental situation on the Coast was difficult. She said that she was somewhat surprised that with the connections she has built through her job as a realtor and her time spent as an SCRD board director, a member of an affordable housing group and a School District #46 trustee, that she is struggling, just as many others are, to find a place to live.

With the upbeat tone in her voice that has become her trademark, she ended her report with, “That’s Lori’s story.”