Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley MLA Marg McCuaig-Boyd is voicing her concern over the abrupt closure of the Autumn Lodge in Berwyn.
The North Peace Housing Foundation announced the 30-plus senior residents would need to re-locate by the end of September.
They are running a large deficit and have lost tenants in recent years to facilities that offer higher levels of care. It is being proposed the seniors move into the Heritage Tower Lodge in Peace River, which they also own and operate.
McCuaig-Boyd has sent a letter to Minister of Seniors and Housing Lori Sigurdson asking for the province to step in.
“Although we can’t challenge their decision, we certainly can work with them on making this process a little easier for people and for their families. And we’ve certainly heard from lots of families in the community,” said McCuaig-Boyd. “I’ve committed to go visit with them next week, and I’ll visit with some of the folks that are around who have expressed concern.”
The province has no legislative authority to overturn the decision to close, but it appears legislation dictates the North Peace Housing Foundation must give six months notice, and not the two and half that has been granted.
“It felt like the process was pretty quick,” McCuaig-Boyd added.
She says she is expecting to speak directly with Minister Sigurdson some time in the coming week.
(Photo courtesy of northpeacehousing.ca)