New funding will improve seniors homes

Everett Allen at his home in Haviland Court seniors housing, Charlottetown

Everett Allen says he and his fellow Haviland Court residents appreciate the upgrades done to their seniors housing complex.

Islanders living in seniors housing will benefit from $750,000 in government capital budget funding that will improve the homes of 300 seniors in 13 Island communities. There is also an additional $6.6 million in the Department of Family and Human Services 2017-18 operating budget to support families and Islanders in need.

“We’re very happy that our building is so well-kept and to see more improvements again this year,” Allen said. “We’re getting a new roof soon, and just last year the windows were replaced.  I love to open the new windows and have lots of fresh air circulating.”

The capital budget investment will fund renovations to 272 seniors housing units in 27 buildings across the province such as new roofs, generators, siding, windows, and repairs to sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. The projects will be carried out over the next several months.       

“Government is committed to providing safe, quality, affordable housing to those who need it most and we continue to make investments to help meet the needs of Islanders now and into the future,” Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy said. “I am also very pleased about more housing announcements in the coming weeks related to federal funding to ensure seniors and families have access to affordable, appropriate housing.”

The first round of tenders for these projects will be advertised in local news papers on May 13, 2017 and posted on government tenders.

The Government of Prince Edward Island is the Island’s largest landlord, owning 1,117 seniors housing units in 32 communities. Rent for tenants is based on 25 per cent of their earnings, leaving them with more income to meet other needs.

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Darlene Gillis
Department of Family and Human Services

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