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NEW HOUSING OPENS FOR SENIORS, ADULTS WITH DEMENTIA IN VANDERHOOF

VANDERHOOF, B.C., June 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Through the National Housing Strategy’s bilateral agreement between the federal and provincial governments, and partnerships with Northern Health Authority, District of Vanderhoofand Connexus Community Resources Society, independent seniors have access to 20 new affordable homes with the opening of Parkview Place in Vanderhoof. An additional eight dementia care units are also expected to open within the same building later this year.

Parkview Place is the first of its kind in british columbiacombining a licensed dementia care facility with 24-hour staffing and independent seniors housing in one building, allowing seniors to remain integrated in their communities while receiving the care they need.

Located on 2657 Church Avenue, a property that was provided by the District of Vanderhoof, the Province, through BC Housing, partnered with Connexus Community Resources Society to build these 20 new affordable rental homes for seniors. Rent range from $375 to $900 per month and are calculated based on the individual’s income.

Northern Health Authority’s dementia care facility, Aurora Homes, is on the main floor of the 3-storey building and will be opening in the coming months. In a home environment, services offered include a supportive care program that will be based on each individual’s unique needs. Connexus will operate both Parkview Place and Aurora Homeswith Northern Health’s nursing staff providing specialized care.

Quotes:

“Our Government is investing in affordable housing across british columbia to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for individuals who need it most. This funding will help many Vanderhoof seniors live comfortably with access to dedicated care services and support for many years to come. Thank you to the dedicated staff and caretakers who work tirelessly and with compassion every day. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.” – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

“I’m proud to see results of the National Housing Strategy helping seniors in all corners of the country, bringing relief and wellbeing to those who have given so much to our communities. Parkview Place creates a safe and stable environment fostering peace of mind, and allows seniors to age gracefully in their home communities near families and friends. I look forward to working with partners across the country to continue to support the needs of our aging citizens.” – The Honorable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors

Aurora Home provides a new housing option by supporting residents with dementia to live in an innovative home environment. This project demonstrates our commitment to providing coordinated and accessible health services to all people in the North, as well as our commitment to collaborating with community partners. We look forward to complimenting our existing home and community care services by offering specialized dementia care to Northerners when Aurora Home opens for residents later this year.” colleen nyceNorthern Health Board Chair

“The District of Vanderhoof is incredibly grateful for the commitment of Northern Health and the Province of BC to fund this facility that is built with seniors’ needs as the primary design goal. We are thankful that both these organizations were willing to look ‘outside-of-the-box’ and build this much-needed facility that is the first of its kind in BC. As a District, we were pleased to donate the property located in the center of Vanderhoofclose to parks, shopping, and a lot of activity.” – Higher Gerry ThiessenDistrict of Vanderhoof

“Connexus is thrilled to see this unique home come to fruition. Like many communities, Vanderhoof has a growing demand for more affordable senior housing. This new building will enhance the community and provide critical housing. It is a truly innovative project which provides not only more affordable housing, but a sense of community and belonging to the downtown. Through partnerships with the District of Vanderhoof, Northern Health, BC Housing and the Center for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North, we are pleased to have this new building begin operations and are excited to see the innovative 8 bed dementia care pilot project housed in this new facility. This new care model will be a great addition to the continuum of care available to older adults in our region.” – Tyrell, Arnold, CEO, Connexus

Quick facts:

  • The Province, through BC Housing provided a grant of approximately $2.2 million through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund for the 20 affordable homes for independent seniors, as well as approximately $177,000 in annual operating funding.
  • The Ministry of Health, through Northern Health, provided approximately $2 million in funding for the 8 dementia care units, as well as approximately $621,000 in annual operating funding.
  • The Government of Canada and the Government of british columbia is jointly contributing $349,000 in BC Priorities Housing Initiative bilateral agreement grants.
  • The District of Vanderhoof provided the land for Parkview Placevalued at approximately $150,000.
  • Parkview Place is part of BC’s 10-year, $7 billion housing plan. Since 2017, the Province has funded more than 32,000 affordable new homes that have been completed or are underway for people in british columbia.
  • The Government of canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is an ambitious, 10-year plan that will invest over $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home.

Learn more:

  • Ace canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please visit: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/.
  • To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit: www.placetocallhome.ca.
  • To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/.
  • A map showing the location of all announced provincially-funded housing projects in BC is available online at: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC.

SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: For information on this news release contact: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing, Media Relations, 778 678-1572; BC Housing, Media Relations, [email protected]

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