Minister of Seniors and Housing Lori Sigurdson was in Grande Prairie this morning at the Grande Spirit Foundation’s Heritage Lodge.
She announced $971,000 in funding is being funnelled into local affordable, seniors and special needs housing.
“We want to make sure that there’s good facilities for seniors in the community. This will go a long way to supporting people to be in updated facilities, so they have all their safety and comfort supported,” Sigurdson said.
“Upgrades for furnaces, for upgrading the phone and the call system for nurses. Grande Spirit is making those decisions because they know their facilities best.”
There will be $809,000 going to the Grande Spirit Foundation, $90,000 to the Metis Urban Housing Corporation, $48,000 to the Grande Prairie Residential Society and $24,000 to the 101 Avenue Residence.
“Most people associate affordable housing with new units, but it’s also about maintaining the existing stock that we’ve got. Funding programs like this for the repairs and renovations are critical to make sure that there’s still safe and affordable housing across the province,” explained Kelly Wagar with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Of the $809,000 going to the Grande Spirit Foundation, $245,000 has been allocated for a boiler upgrade and new nurse call system at Heritage House.
“It’s so needed here. We need way more facilities like this here, because of the growth of the city and the outlying area. There’s a lot of people come in from the outlying area, so that is very needed,” said Alice Fortier, a three-year resident at Heritage House. “It’s a wonderful place to live.”
The funding is part of a joint initiative between the federal and provincial governments. Over $57 million is being distributed across Alberta for affordable housing capital maintenance projects.