Outpouring of support for B.C. mom and disabled daughter reduced to living in van

After being homeless for more than two months, a mother and her disabled daughter finally have a temporary roof over their heads.

Crystal Smith and her daughter Lili had been living in their van after moving from Alberta back to Vancouver.

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But that choice to relocate and access services for Lili didn’t go well. Rents in Vancouver were beyond their reach.

“Basically we can’t find a home that’s affordable the prices have sky-rocketed and we’ve been having to live in it,” Crystal told Global News on Wednesday.

“We eat our meals in there, we sleep in there. It’s like a refrigerator at night.”

Their story resonated with viewers, who have offered places to stay longer term.

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Good Samaritans have also donated approximately $10,000 to their GoFundMe campaign.

Crystal’s emotional reaction?

“I’m really overwhelmed. I’m really grateful, I can’t believe it, I’m in shock. I did not expect so much overwhelming support.”

As for those who questioned her story, Crystal said they have it wrong.

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“I’m as legitimate as you get. We came here, we tried our best. We did have a plan, it didn’t work,” she said.

Crystal and Lili say they’re now hopeful about the future.

They also acknowledge that Vancouver’s lack of affordability may well prompt them to leave.

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