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  NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

2008FOR0072-000704

May 6, 2008

Ministry of Forests and Range

and Minister responsible for Housing

 

PROVINCE FUNDING UPGRADE OF 300 SENIORS' HOUSING UNITS

 


VICTORIA – Non-profit housing societies have been selected to upgrade and manage more than 300 units of housing in eight communities through the Seniors’ Supportive Housing program, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.

 

“By adding accessibility and safety features to existing non-profit housing, seniors can continue to enjoy the independence of living in neighbourhoods that they are part of, with the benefits of added safety, security and support services.” said Coleman.

 

The Seniors’ Supportive Housing program modifies rental homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities by making physical improvements to the building such as bathroom grab bars, improved lighting in common areas, and other security and safety features. The program also introduces on-site support services, which may include 24-hour response, light housekeeping, meals, and social and recreational activities.

 

The capital cost of upgrading the units is about $13 million. The upgrades are estimated to be complete by March 2009. In total, more than 900 units in 22 developments will be upgraded or managed under the program.

 

“Non-profit housing societies welcome the opportunity to improve living conditions for their senior tenants,” said Karen Stone, executive director of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. “This program brings physical improvements and support services to the places where seniors currently live and assists them to continue to live safely and securely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.”

 

The Province has exceeded its Budget 2007 Seniors’ Supportive Housing program commitment to upgrade or convert up to 750 subsidized housing units to supportive housing.


 

 

 

Through the provincial housing strategy, Housing Matters BC, the Province is investing more than $380 million in shelters and affordable housing this year, more than three times as much as in 2001.

 

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