Rural Seniors get New Affordable Housing Thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan
Fox Creek, a rural community located about 260 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, opened its first dedicated seniors’ building. Managed by Heart River Housing, Iosegun Manor, a modular building, provides 10 self-contained, affordable apartments for seniors.
“Until Iosegun Manor opened, we had nothing here for seniors, so they had to leave the community,” said Pat Billings, administrator for Heart River Housing, which provides housing options for seniors throughout the region. “This is a very large, sparsely populated region, with long distances between communities. The market is not big enough to attract private sector investment in seniors’ homes.”
Sue Hodges was thrilled to move into Iosegun Manor soon after it was completed.
“I can’t say enough about it,” Hodges said. “My apartment is much more affordable, and it’s made such a difference. I can afford to buy a few extra things, like towels and face cloths. I don’t have to rely on my sons to help me out.
“It’s new, clean and tidy here,” Hodges added. “In the winter, when I can’t get out, I enjoy walking in the big, long hallways. Living here has done wonders for me.”
Iosegun Manor received $1.2 million in funding from the governments of Canada and Alberta through Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP). The stimulus phase of CEAP included more than $2 billion in federal funding (which was largely matched by the provinces and territories) over two years for new and existing social housing across Canada. Of this amount, $400 million in federal funding was invested in new housing for low-income seniors.
The Town of Fox Creek contributed the vacant land for Iosegun Manor, valued at $200,000, and $85,000 in servicing costs. Heart River Housing provided $400,000 through an interest-free loan.