ST-ALBERT, ONT. — Eighteen affordable housing units for seniors will be created in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell thanks close to $3 million being provided by the Ontario government.
The funding will support the expansion of two seniors’ residences in the communities of St-Albert and Vankleek Hill. Residents moving into these low-rise expansion projects will be close to local amenities, including community centres and hospitals.
The new building at the La Résidence Lajoie in St. Albert will be two-storeys with 26 units, six of which will be accessible.
Each unit will have in-suite storage and residents will have access to additional storage in the garage. Amenities include a fitness space, a shared recreational space, a meeting room and an outdoor shuffleboard. The new three-storey building at the Vankleek Senior Citizens Manor includes 30 housing units, is energy efficient and designed to meet VisitAbility standards with accessibility features such as wide doors.
The announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, which has provided over $1.2 billion of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, a release states.