$10.8 million supportive housing opens in Campbell River

    CAMPBELL RIVER, BC, April 2 /CNW/ - Federal, provincial and community
funding partners gathered today to celebrate the completion of Ironwood Place,
a new $10.8 million assisted living development that will provide 54 new units
for seniors and adults with disabilities.
    "I am proud to be here today to participate in the official opening of
Ironwood Place, which will provide safe and supportive housing for seniors in
Campbell River," said Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince
George, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources
and Social Development. "By investing in this housing project with B.C.,
Canada's New Government is doing its part to provide housing solutions for
seniors and adults with disabilities so that they can continue to live in
their communities, close to their family and friends."
    The assisted living units are self-contained apartments with a 24-hour
response system. Residents receive personal care services such as recreational
opportunities and assistance with medications, housekeeping, meals, and
laundry services. Ironwood Place also has space for an adult day program and
other services, such as meal programs, intended to support elderly people
living in the neighbourhood.
    "The opening of Ironwood Place ensures that seniors can receive quality
support services while enjoying their independence in Campbell River," said
Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon. "These assisted living units provide
seniors, and adults with disabilities, with the housing and help they need in
the community that they helped to build."
    Vancouver Island Health Authority will provide ongoing funding for
personal care services and a portion of the hospitality services to ensure
tenants have access to the healthcare support they need to remain independent.
    "The Vancouver Island Health Authority is committed to enhancing access
to services for seniors, and the opening of Ironwood Place will help Campbell
River seniors remain as independent as possible while still having their care
needs met," said Jac Kreut, VIHA Board Chair. "VIHA is delighted to work with
the community, local government and the Province to enhance our community care
    "Ironwood Place will enrich the lives of seniors in our community," said
District of Campbell River Mayor Roger McDonell. "It is important to ensure
our seniors have the choice to live in the same community they have called
home when they need access to assisted living."
    "We believe that helping others help themselves builds a strong
community," said Greg Hill, Executive Director, Campbell River and District
Association for Community Living. "The opening of Ironwood Place is a
community success; to assist our seniors and adults with disabilities maintain
their independence and quality of life for as long as possible."
    These new units are part of the British Columbia Government's commitment
to provide 5,000 net-new residential care beds, assisted living units, and
supportive housing with home support units by the end of 2008. To date, 8,102
new and replacement beds and units have been built, including 2,984 net-new.
    The Province of British Columbia, through ILBC, is committed to providing
more than 4,000 affordable assisted living apartments for B.C. seniors and
persons with disabilities. To date, more than 3,900 have been allocated in
communities across the province. The Province's budget for shelters and
affordable housing is $328 million - nearly triple what it was in 2001.
    Canada's New Government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,
will contribute more than $130 million by 2010 towards affordable housing in
this province. The provincial government, through BC Housing, will provide a
minimum of $34 million annually to subsidize the cost of units built under the
Canada-BC Affordable Housing Agreement, as part of a larger strategy to
provide a range of housing options for British Columbians in greatest need.

    Backgrounder attached.


    Ironwood Place, 1351 Ironwood Street in Campbell River, provides 54
assisted living units for seniors and adults with disabilities. The
development opened to residents in February 2007.
    All of the units are funded through the Independent Living BC (ILBC)
program. The building, a four-storey wood-framed structure, has 52 one-bedroom
and two two-bedroom assisted living units. Residents pay 70 per cent of their
after-tax income for their units and services, which include meals, weekly
housekeeping and linen services, 24-hour response, personal care services, and
social and recreational opportunities.

    Partners and Funding:

    The capital cost of this project is $10.8 million.

    -  The federal government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing
       Corporation, is providing a $1.35 million capital grant.
    -  The Province provided a one-time grant of $1.35 million and will
       provide housing subsidies of approximately $6.4 million over 35 years.
    -  Vancouver Island Health Authority will provide $400,000 in annual
       funding for hospitality services including two meals daily, weekly
       housekeeping, 24/7 emergency monitoring and response, daily recreation
       activities and weekly linen service; VIHA is also leasing the land,
       valued at $384,000, to the Campbell River and District Association for
       Community Living.
    -  The Campbell River & District Association for Community Living
       provided $60,000.

    Campbell River and District Association for Community Living

    The Campbell River and District Association for Community Living,
advocates for people with special needs, and their families, living in the
Campbell River area. It provides a centre where people with special needs can
enjoy each other's company in an atmosphere of respect and understanding. It
also offers services and opportunities for regular respite for families and
caregivers of the association's clients.

For further information:

For further information: Renee Schisler, Events Coordinator, BC Housing,
(604) 439-4757; Shannon Marshall, VIHA Communications, (250) 830-6953; Megan
Shaw, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (604) 737-4032; Greg Hill,
Executive Director, Campbell River & District Association for Community
Living, (250) 286-0391

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