Tenants move into long awaited Sprague housing unit

Photo by Marianne Curtis

On September 1, tenants began moving into the brand new suites in the East Borderland Community Housing Senior Housing in Sprague.

By Marianne Curtis

On September long weekend, tenants began moving into the newly completed seniors housing in Sprague.

On September 1, tenants began filling eleven out of fifteen newly completed suites in the brand new East Borderland Community Housing Senior Housing centre. Construction of the facility began in the fall of 2011 and was completed at the end of August.

The complex consists of fifteen elderly person housing units as either a one bedroom suite for $610 a month or two bedroom at $760. Rent includes all utilities (heat, electricity, water, taxes, sewer, building insurance, all building maintenance). Tenants pay their own telephone, satellite TV and household contents insurance. Home care provided by the regional health authority is available in the complex.

Initially the facility was filled to capacity but in recent months four suites have become available. On September 7-9 from 1PM to 3PM an open house is taking place to fill the facility to capacity.

“We had all the suites booked but some people have backed out,” confirmed Elsa Laing, spokesperson East Borderland Community Housing (EBCH). “We would like to be at full capacity.”

Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (MHRC) funded or financing the bulk of construction cost; land for the project was been provided by the Regional Health Authority (RHA); and EBCH provided a community contribution of $275,000.

Because the project is government funded affordable housing, there are income maximums. Maximum household income $48,454 with exemptions for medical needs apply if accompanied by a letter from a doctor recommending residence for medical reasons.

Meanwhile the EBCH Directors and the RM of Piney Council continue to advocate for the 2nd part of Phase III, the proposed 20 unit Personal Care Home (PCH)/Supportive Housing (SH). Raising funds is an integral part of bringing this 2nd part of Phase III to reality with the community’s requirement is 10%  of  the  capitol  cost  for  the  PCH/SH.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the suites can call Elsa Laing at 204-437-2843.




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