General · 12th July 2010
The Quadra Island Seniors Housing Society has begun construction of affordable, duplex rental units, specifically designed for seniors, in Quathiaski Cove. Until now, many seniors have been forced to move off Quadra when they could no longer maintain their home and property. These independent living homes will allow seniors to continue to live in and contribute to their community.
Thanks to a Job Creation Partnership with the Ministry of Housing and Social Development sponsored by the Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement, the Society expects to complete one duplex for low to moderate income seniors by this year end. After many years of dedicated fundraising and volunteerism, the Quadra Island community is very happy to have received this Job Creation funding to begin the much needed housing. The Society is in the process of seeking additional grants to complete a second duplex this year.
The one acre property was donated many years ago by Bill O’Connor of Quathiaski Cove. The Strathcona Regional District and the former Comox Strathcona Regional District have been very supportive of this project, both financially and through permits and zoning. The Development Permit allows a total of three duplexes (6 units) to be built. The Coastal Community Credit Union has donated a substantial grant through the Quadra Branch’s Legacy Fund. Many of the tradespeople working on this project will be donating a portion of their time. A unique fundraising strategy was used when the $1000 Club was established - thirty six community members to date have joined this special Seniors Housing Support Club.
The Society would like to thank the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, the Strathcona Regional District, Coastal Community Credit Union, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 154, Quadra Island Seniors Br.91 of BC O.A.P.O., the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Telus, and the community’s generous donors of cash and services.
Comment by Pat on 13th July 2010
Thank you to the hard-working committee and other contributors who brought this dream to reality. I am very impressed as I watch the progress of construction.
Comment by Debbie on 12th July 2010
Keep up the good work. Quadra loves and cares for its seniors.