The funding is made up of $150,000 each from Electoral Areas B and C Fair Share funds.
“We are pleased to support this project on behalf of the region,” says Area B Director and Board Chair Karen Goodings. “The renovation of the existing space into much needed seniors housing will be a benefit for years to come.”
In total, there are 18 new units for individual couple, ranging in size from 303 to 550 square feet. Rent will range from $1,300 to $1,700 a month, and includes twice daily meals, and use of the laundry and exercise facilities, and common areas.
Area C Director Arthur Hadland argues that seniors’ independence and self-sufficiency is very important in the north.
“Maintaining a house and yard may get to become too much work, health needs and care requirements may change, or people may stop driving and find that it’s no longer practical to live where they have always lived,” he admits. “This is an excellent option to keep seniors in their communities while respecting that need for independence.”
The building was donated by Northern Health, and the 18 units are only the first phase of a three phase seniors housing plan. The second is to develop the south end of the building into 33 more rooms, and the third is to build a new property on the land of the former Elks seniors’ home.