Nearly 4,500 Canadian Forces members, families awaiting military housing


Royal Canadian Navy crew members line up during the HMCS Regina ceremony at CFB Eskimalt, Eskimalt, British Columbia, April 29, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito)

The Department of Defense says thousands of Canadian Forces members and their families are waiting for military housing.

New figures provided to the Canadian Press show that nearly 4,500 military members and their families were on the waiting list for the Canadian Military Housing Authority in July.

The Department of Defense has approximately 12,000 military housing units for rent on Canadian Forces bases and wings.

General Wayne Eyre of the Department of Defense previously said another 4,000 to 6,000 units were needed and the lack of affordable housing was one of the biggest complaints from his military.

This shortage led the base commander of the CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, BC to have new sailors live in the training area for several months after their training was over.

At 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island, a senior officer recently told members of the military that if they need help finding housing, they can contact Habitat for Humanity.

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