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2018

2018 08 23 – The Valley Voice – Hike to Housing for grand opening of Slocan City Suites – Submitted by Rita Moir

Time to celebrate! The Slocan City Suites will be fully occupied by the end of the year, so the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society is giving supporters a sneak peek next month, on September 27, before tenants move in.

Following the theme of the three day Hike or Bike for Housing that raised $40,000 two years ago, this will be a Hike to Housing. Starting at the Legion at 5:30, participants will parade to Slocan City Suites with bagpipes, banners, bandannas, and Betty  Windsor in hiking togs and plastic crown. At the suites, they’ll hear a few words from MLA Katrine Conroy (who trekked with her grandchildren on the big hike), major funders BC  Housing and Columbia Basin Trust  (the Trust) as well as Mayor Jessica Lunn and RDCK director Walter Popoff. Then they’ll tour the suites and head back to the Legion for cake and celebration.

It’s such an exciting time; the culmination of years of work by hundreds of people, and the organizers say it’s time to thank the entire vast community who has made this happen; from the fundraisers and funders to the construction workers, to the village for all its help, and to the people who just never gave up, no matter the stress or grind.

“Making sure seniors have access to secure housing they can afford is a priority for this government,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The opening of this important project means more seniors have a home to call their own in the Village of Slocan.”

Eric Clough of Winlaw designed the suites, which are built by NDB Construction, with Tamara Smith coordinating the whole project on behalf of the society.  The 12 units include eight one-bedroom units with lofts,two studios with lofts, and two two bedroom units. (The society is still looking for a tenant who could use themenities of a disability suite; call 250-226-7115 if you’re interested.)

These 12 affordable suites are built with energy efficiency in mind, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and set in the midst of a beautiful village with many amenities close by.

The seniors’ housing society also built and continues to operate the 10 unit Passmore Lodge, which opened in 1999. While working flat out to make Slocan City Suites a reality, the board and administrator Nora Lilligren have worked to maintain and improve Passmore Lodge, obtaining several grants for energy  efficiency, outreach programs, and ongoing work on the grounds.

The society’s AGM will follow the celebration at the Legion, for those who wish to stay. The hard-working board will report on all its activities for the year, and conduct the usual annual election. In order to vote, new members must obtain their $5 membership by August 29. Current members may renew at the meeting. Please visit www.svhousing.ca for membership forms and more information, and visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/svhousing/.

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2018 04 05 – The Valley Voice – And the name is … Slocan City Suites! Submitted by Rita Moir

The seniors’ affordable housing project in Slocan has a great new name. “We considered many good possibilities, but when board member Lynnda Moore suggested Slocan City Suites, well, we thought about it and it put a smile on our faces,” said Rita Moir, president of the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society. “There are a lot of names with Slocan in them all up and down the Valley, north and south, but there’s no confusion about where Slocan City is,” said Moir. “Slocan City Suites is a tip of the hat to Slocan’s historic name and is just plain fun to say.”

Are you a senior thinking about applying to rent an affordable suite in beautiful Slocan? Construction is well underway on the seniors’ housing project, and applications for residency are ready for pick-up at the Village office, the library, the entryway of Passmore Lodge and online at svhousing.ca/. Get your application in by May 15 for the first round of interviews and offers of suites. 

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2018 04 05 – West Kootenay Advertiser – And the name is … Slocan City Suites! – Submitted by Rita Moir

The seniors’ affordable housing project in Slocan has a great new name. “We considered many good possibilities, but when board member Lynnda Moore suggested Slocan City Suites, well, we thought about it and it put a smile on our faces,” said Rita Moir, president of the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society. “There are a lot of names with Slocan in them all up and down the Valley, north and south, but there’s no confusion about where Slocan City is,” said Moir. “Slocan City Suites is a tip of the hat to Slocan’s historic name and is just plain fun to say.”

Are you a senior thinking about applying to rent an affordable suite in beautiful Slocan? Construction is well underway on the seniors’ housing project, and applications for residency are ready for pick-up at the Village office, the library, the entryway of Passmore Lodge and online at svhousing.ca/. Get your application in by May 15 for the first round of interviews and offers of suites. 

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2018 02 08 – The Valley Voice – Slocan seniors’ housing taking applications for tenancy – Submitted by Rita Moir

The Slocan Suites under construction

The Slocan Suites under construction

Are you a senior thinking about applying to rent an affordable suite in beautiful Slocan? Construction is well underway on the seniors’ housing project, and applications for residency are ready for pick-up at the Village office, the library, the entryway of Passmore Lodge and online at svhousing.ca/. Get your application in by May 15 for the first round of interviews and offers of suites. Read more here

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2017

2017 09 22 CBC Daybreak South – Kootenay Housing – Interview of Rita Moir by Chris Walker

(Radio interview starts at 32:10 and runs to 34:17)

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2017  09 21 – Submitted – Valley Voice

“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.”  BC Housing, Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust), the Village of Slocan, Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission, RDCK, Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society, Heritage Credit Union, Slocan Legion Branch #276, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, local housing and trades professionals and the entire local community have contributed funds, land, and many thousands of  volunteer hours toward making the $1.9 million project a reality.

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Slocan seniors’ housing to break ground this fall

Construction will start this fall on eight affordable housing units for seniors in Slocan.

“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.”

Along with the good news, there is still one hurdle: the twelve-suite project in the heart of Slocan has been downsized to eight units due to sharp increases in construction materials and additional requirements since initial budgeting two years ago. BC Housing is encouraging the Society to pursue the additional four units when a future program becomes available.

“We’ll think of these eight units as phase one,” said Moir. “We’re so glad to get going with these eight beautiful suites, and construction will include the infrastructure to get those final four done as soon as possible.” The four-plexes, directly behind the Slocan Library and Wellness Centre, will include six one-bedroom suites with lofts and two two-bedroom suites.

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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.

To hear the full Radio Interview with Rita Moir, click here.

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.”

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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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2016

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.

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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.

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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.”

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by  Contributed – Nelson Star posted Jun 20, 2016 at 2:00 AM— updated Jun 20, 2016 at 8:50 AM

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.

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They did it then and they’ll do it again! Eighteen years ago an epic 233 km walk-a-thon raised $25,000 to help build Passmore Lodge. Now they plan to do the same for seniors’ housing in the Village of Slocan.

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.

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The upcoming Hike or Bike for Housing and updates on the Slocan housing project will highlight the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society’s AGM September 13 at Passmore Lodge.

“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.”

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Amendments to the zoning and OCP bylaws to change the zoning designation for the site of the proposed seniors’ housing project from Parks, Open Spaces & Institutional (P) to Multi-Family Residential (R-3), and to increase density in the R-3 zone to 49 units per hectare, were given first two readings. Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed bylaw changes on September 12 at 6:30 pm. At the council meeting at 7 pm that same night, council will consider the completed Development Permit Application for the seniors’ housing project. Councillor Perierre reported that MP Richard Cannings joined the seniors’ housing society board for a walk-about of the site on August 7.

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It’s really an incredible group of people breaking in their runners, tuning up their bikes, and gathering pledges for the September 30 – October 2 Hike or Bike for Housing, a fundraiser for the seniors’ housing project in Slocan. There’s veteran hiker 91-year-old  Lydia Kania, 82-year-old track star  Don Currie, 68-year-old farmer and former MLA Corky Evans, and former housing society president Don Munro.

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.

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2015

by  Bill Metcalfe – Nelson Star

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.

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Seniors survey shows solid support for Slocan housing – Nelson Star

Seniors’ Housing Society updates Slocan plans – Nelson Star

Seniors advocate dismayed by Kootenay seniors’ housing plight – Nelson Star

Slocan Valley projects get $250,000 boost – Nelson Star

2014

June 9th Council meeting highlights

Council met with the Slocan Valley Seniors Housing Society to revisit the idea of a seniors and affordable housing complex in Slocan.

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The annual meeting of the Slocan Valley Seniors· Housing Society unanimously endorsed a motion to  proceed with planning affordable rental housing, with a focus on seniors, in Slocan.  The motion, proposed by the society, and moved by Slocan Mayor Madeleine Perriere, was the highlight of the September 23 AGM at Passmore Lodge.

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