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Affordable Housing Project For Seniors Opens in Dieppe

PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia, November 09, 2007 — Federal, provincial and community partners gathered today to celebrate both the official opening of Hawthorne Assisted Living’s 70 apartments for seniors and the completion of Port Coquitlam’s first campus of care.

“The Government of Canada is delivering on our commitment to create affordable housing in British Columbia,” said James Moore, Member of Parliament for Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. “Hawthorne Assisted Living will give seniors in North Vancouver the opportunity to stay in their community close to family and friends and receive the care and support they need.”

The campus of care also includes 56 cottage-style dementia care beds, 75 residential care beds and an adult day program, all of which allow residents to continue to live on the site as their care needs change.

“When three levels of government work together on projects such as this one, the result is affordable housing and care options for B.C.’s communities,” said Harry Bloy, MLA for Burquitlam. “Many seniors in Port Coquitlam have lived in this community for a significant part of their lives. They have family, friends and neighbours here, and these new homes will ensure they have the opportunity to stay close to their loved ones.”

Assisted living units are self-contained apartments where residents receive hospitality and personal care services, such as meals, housekeeping and laundry services, recreational opportunities, assistance with medications, mobility and other care needs, as well as a 24-hour response system.

“Hawthorne Assisted Living will allow seniors to live as they would prefer, independently in a safe, home-like environment with personalized support in their own community as long as possible,” said Keith McBain, director of assisted living for Fraser Health. “This development will allow Fraser Health to keep increasing the continuum of housing and care options offered to seniors in Port Coquitlam.”

“As a society concerned with the housing and care needs of seniors in Port Coquitlam, today’s opening is an exciting landmark event,” said Walter Van Drimmelen, board chair of the Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society. “As seniors’ care needs change, they will need options, and with this campus of care, they can now rest assured that we are responding to these changes.”

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, 8,839 new and replacement beds and units have been built, including 3,411 net-new beds.

The Province of British Columbia 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.

The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will contribute more than $130 million by 2010 towards affordable housing in this province. The provincial government 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.

For further information, please contact:

Laura Kohli
Corporate Communications
BC Housing
604-805-4960 (cell)

Sandy Scott
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Fraser Health

Lenore Pickering
Executive Director
Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society

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Hawthorne Assisted Living

Hawthorne Assisted Living, at 2111 Hawthorne Avenue in Port Coquitlam, is a six-storey building that houses 70 units of assisted living funded under the Independent Living BC program. The wheelchair-accessible building contains 10 one-bedroom and 60 studio units, a dining room, commercial kitchen, offices and laundry space, and amenity space for all tenants. Hawthorne Assisted Living opened to residents in April 2007 after undergoing extensive renovations.

Residents pay 70 per cent of their after-tax income for their suites. In addition to housing, they receive two meals a day, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, recreational programs, assistance with medications, mobility and other care needs, and a 24-hour response system.

Hawthorne Assisted Living is part of a full campus of care community. In addition to the 70 units of assisted living, the campus of care also includes 56 cottage-style dementia care beds and 75 residential care beds. Other services include an onsite adult day program. Campuses of Care provide a range of care levels, so couples, family members and friends can stay in one place as their care needs change.

Partners and Funding

Total capital cost of this project is $7,884,637 with funding provided through:

  • The federal government, through CMHC, provided a capital grant of $3,500,000 administered through the provincial government.
  • The Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society provided $1,839,356 in land equity and approximately $2 million in cash.
  • The Province provided interim construction financing for the development as well as development services expertise.

Operating costs for the project will be provided through:

  • Fraser Health will provide $1,160,000 in annual operational funding for personal care services.

Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society

The Port Coquitlam Senior Citizens’ Housing Society is a non-profit society that has been in operation since 1958 and has provided a wide range of services to seniors in the Tri-Cities. The Society currently operates subsidized and low cost housing for seniors as well as the Hawthorne Campus of Care.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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