Press Releases and Publicity
2017 09 15 – My Nelson Now – Greg Nesteroff,
The Slocan Valley Housing Society will break ground this fall on a seniors housing project in Slocan City. But president Rita Moir says it won’t be as large as they originally hoped. BC housing is providing $831,000 plus a low-interest mortgage, while the Columbia Basin Trust is putting up $269,000. The community raised more than $45,000 in last year’s Hike and Bike for Housing event and has also provided free materials and pro bono services.
2017 Sep. 15 – SVSHS Press Release
“It’s been a very long haul,” said Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society president Rita Moir, “but we are really pleased to announce final funding has been approved for affordable seniors’ rental housing in the Village of Slocan.”
The Passmore Lodge will do some energy upgrades thanks to $6,400 from the Columbia Basin Trust.
Administrator Nora Lilligren says they were one of the recipients of the recently-announced grants. Lilligren says they’re switching from incandescent and fluorescent lamps to LED. They’re hoping to do the work this fall and the grant will pay for about half the total cost. The lodge has 10 units and is operated by the Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society.
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by Kim Pemberton – Vancouver Sun – Published on: December 4, 2016 | Last Updated: December 4, 2016 4:26 PM PDT
The backlog of low-income seniors in B.C. needing social-housing will not be met, despite a recent announcement by the provincial government to increase the number of subsidized housing units through B.C. Housing.
B.C. Housing has awarded $6,300,300 in funding to a Nelson CARES project that will build 48 units of affordable housing. ( The corporation chose to fund three other projects in the Kootenays: A dozen seniors units in Slocan through the Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society.)
B.C. Housing has awarded $6,300,300 in funding to a Nelson CARES project that will build 48 units of affordable housing. It was one of three dozen projects funded around the province amounting to a total of a half billion dollars.
Submitted – “We’re over the moon” about the success of the Hike orBike for Seniors’ Housing, said Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society President Rita Moir after the weekend’s fundraising adventure on the valley’s rail trail. “I don’t think in our wildest dreams we expected to raise more than $35,000. It shows complete commitment to the seniors’ housing project in Slocan on behalf of our entire community.”
Eighteen years ago an epic 233 km walk-a-thon raised $25,000 to help build Passmore Lodge. Now residents plan to do the same for seniors’ housing in Slocan. For three days, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, they’ll hike or bike on the Slocan Valley Heritage Rail Trail with all funds going to help build 12 units of affordable rental seniors’ housing in the heart of the village.
For three days, from September 30 through October 2, volunteers will hike or bike on the Slocan Valley Heritage Rail Trail with all funds going to help build 12 units of affordable rental seniors’ housing in the heart of the village. At least one of the original hikers, Lydia Kania, who was 72 then and 91 now, is already in training with the help of a walking stick carved by Don Munro, another of the early trekkers.
“We’ve moved so far on the Slocan roject. We’re shovel ready if funds come through, and now the community is preparing to hike or bike to help raise money for the new housing,” said society president Rita Moir. “We are proud to run Passmore Lodge and its success punctuates the need for more seniors’ housing. There are only 20 units in the Slocan Valley, where half the population is over 50 years old.”
Webmaster’s note: Don Munro, is actually the one coming from Oliver for the hike, Susan Harder our new director continues to reside in our area.
posted Mar 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM— updated Mar 25, 2015 at 3:04 PM
“Please complete your Seniors’ Housing Survey!”
That’s the message the board of the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society wants to get out to past and present valley residents this month.
The society has its eye on an attractive piece of ground in Slocan for seniors’ independent living. It’s been offered to the group on a 40-year lease for a dollar a year.
Slocan Valley seniors have shown solid support for affordable seniors’ housing in Slocan.
A recent survey came back in large numbers, with 411 responses from senior households, representing at least 628 seniors. It asked questions about housing and support needs and preferences of senior households in the valley.
“This is a very high response rate,” said Rita Moir, president of the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society. “The data from the survey, along with interviews of key individuals throughout the valley and region, meetings with the public and seniors’ groups, as well as village and regional data, are giving us a good grasp on what people want and need.”
The latest draft designs, a fundraising plan, results of a need and demand study, a social and election of board members highlight the Wednesday, Sept. 23 annual meeting of the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society.
“With the community’s support and a dedicated board, we’ve come a long way in this last year,” said society president Rita Moir. “Passmore Lodge is on a good even keel, and we’ve progressed steadily with plans for the Slocan affordable housing project.”
All 12 board members elected last year are willing, ready and able to stay on, providing stability and continuity as the board enters major fundraising for Slocan and continues with improvements at Passmore. Board members continuing their terms or up for their second term are Lydia Kania, Ruth Hackett, Penny Tees, Paul Wilkinson, Don Currie, Mabel Kabatoff, Eric Clough, Lynnda Moore, Wilf Rimmer, Willie Harasemow, Sally Mackenzie and Rita Moir.
BC seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie spoke to a packed house at the Best Western in Nelson last week, explaining to those gathered the objectives of her newly created office and outlining how she plans to address seniors’ concerns in the Kootenays.
“When I first took this job — and I have traveled outside cities, but that was as a vacation — it was my first time going out and talking to people about their experiences in the communities where they live,” Mackenzie said.
“It’s simply gobsmacking to see the modest expectations people who live in rural BC have, and our lack of an ability to even meet those expectations.”
The Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission has chosen four organizations to receive a combined $251,000 over two years from the Slocan Valley Community Directed Fund. The fund is a partnership between the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Columbia Basin Trust, who provided the money.
“We believe that funding these organizations will result in long term and widespread benefits to the Slocan Valley community,”said Leah Main, chair of the commission. “The commission engaged with the community extensively to determine how valley residents wanted this funding used for their economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being.”
The commission allocated $40,000 to the seniors’ housing society project which plans to build long-term housing for elders in Slocan City. The society’s committee will share its knowledge and designs with other groups that may wish to develop similar housing projects in other parts of the valley.
Council met with the Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society to revisit the idea of a seniors and affordable housing complex in Slocan.