For Immediate Release
June 13, 2011
Ministry of Energy and Mines
Operator selected for Merritt housing
MERRITT ASK Wellness Merritt has been selected as the new non-profit operator for Trade Winds Terrace, a 29-unit affordable housing development for seniors and persons with disabilities in Merritt.
As part of the management transfer, ASK Wellness will relocate their offices to the Trade Winds Terrace development. This will allow ASK Wellness to consolidate and enhance the services they deliver for the homeless and those in need in Merritt. These services will now be available five days a week. This will also expand the services for the tenants of Trade Winds Terrace.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing
The success of our housing developments rests with the supports and services provided to residents. The Province relies on our community partners and the organizations that manage them to provide these support services for residents, and to help create more than just a home for those who live there. ASK Wellness, and all our housing partners, are the real heart of social housing, helping the province meet the unique needs in our communities.
Bob Hughes, executive director, ASK Wellness
Our primary goal to help individuals through challenges, and work towards the greater good of our community. We look forward to our new management role at Trade Winds and also continuing to carry out our services to the community of Merritt.
· ASK Wellness Merritt will enter into an operating agreement with BC Housing, which will provide tenants with more local and ongoing support.
· Tenancy will not be affected by the change in agreements.
· These apartments are funded in part by the Province in order to preserve affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities.
· ASK Wellness is a non-profit society providing awareness, education, advocacy, housing, and support related to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, marginalization and persons at risk, in order to develop healthier communities.
· ASK Wellness also current operates the Henry Leland House and Crossroads Inn in Kamloops.
· Nearly 100 homeless people have been provided stable housing options through the delivery of services in Merritt.
Through Housing Matters BC, the Province is addressing a range of housing needs, from homelessness to affordable rental housing and homeownership. To find out more about affordable housing in B.C., visit: www.bchousing.org
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