By Marianne Curtis
In the middle of June, construction of a new $7.8 million affordable housing facility kicked off in Ste. Anne with an official sod turning and celebration.
On June 20, the project which involved the demolition of an existing personal care home will soon be replacing the previously obsolete facility with twenty-four units of affordable, supportive housing was officially launched.
The twenty-four unit housing facility is expected to enhance accessibility for seniors in Ste. Anne. Twelve of the new units will be rented on a rent-geared-to-income basis, and the remaining at Median Market Rents for the area.
In addition to working with existing infrastructure and service supports, this project introduces supportive housing into the community of Ste. Anne. The project will use geothermal heating and cooling and includes a chapel, and expanded kitchen and dining room funded through community fundraising.
Provencher MP Vic Toews was one of the speakers at the event.
“At Villa Youville, the construction of these units is creating jobs – more importantly, it means that lower income seniors will continue to have access to quality affordable housing that meets their needs,” stated Toews.
South Eastman Health Chief Executive Officer John Stinson was pleased to be part of the proceedings, which took place on his first day on the job.
“We will be able to provide support for homecare and other services from the home – it will be a real benefit to the people living in the facility,” explained Stinson. Residents will be able to move into the assisted living portion and as the need arises make a smooth transition from supportive housing to long term care. “This is a real positive model for our region.”
Stinson added that while the facility will greatly benefit the area, there is still a large demand for long term beds. He says the health authority will continue to address the aging population growth within the region over the next fifteen years.
The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to an overall investment of $176 million for the creation of affordable housing under the amended Canada-Manitoba Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
Provencher MP Vic Toews, Noella Gaultier and La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux dig in deep to kick off construction at the Villa Youville in St. Anne.