Sundre receives $3.8M for seniors housing
If at first you don’t succeed . . . .
When hoped-for funding for seniors housing failed to come through last summer, a senior Sundre town official admitted it was “disheartening.”
However, the town and Mountain View Seniors Housing remained hopeful, promised to redouble lobbying efforts, and that optimism was rewarded when the community got word this week that it would receive $3.8 million from the province’s Affordable Supportive Living Initiative.
“My reaction? It was sheer ecstatic,” said Sundre Mayor Annette Clews. “We’re one step closer to keeping our seniors here with their families in Sundre.
“It is a huge announcement for us.”
The money will fund 40 supportive living spaces as part of a 103-unit complex to be built at a cost of $18 million to $21 million over the next two years. About 40 to 50 lodge units and 12 life-lease spaces are also planned.
Supportive living provides care for seniors and others with disabilities in a residence-like setting, and includes round-the-clock care, meals and housekeeping.
The town, Mountain View County and the Sundre Seniors Housing and Care Committee have spent years getting to this point. They had to develop a proposal and make the community’s case to be among communities earmarked for funding.
Mountain View Seniors Housing has six months to sign the agreement with the province. Those backing the project plan to meet following the municipal elections to get the ball rolling.
Sundre’s funding is a portion of $75 million doled out by the province this year to fund 982 new continuing care spaces in seven communities.