Seniors’ housing opens in Lillooet

Eight units for seniors and people with disabilities open up in Lillooet.

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with community partners, marked the opening of McLean Manor last week, an eight-apartment housing development for seniors and people with disabilities.

The development consists of two buildings with four apartments each and will be directly managed by the province through BC Housing. This development is adjacent to the existing Red Rock Manor, which provides 22 apartments of seniors housing and is also directly managed by BC Housing.

Through an amendment to the Canada-British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement, the Government of Canada provided approximately $594,000 for this project. The Province of British Columbia provided $752,620. The District of Lillooet provided the land, valued at approximately $53,800, and waived a portion of water and sewer connection fees of approximately $2,640.

“Lillooet is a vibrant community and a great place to call home,” said Acting Mayor Wendy Parker. “McLean Manor is a wonderful example of all levels of government working together to provide affordable homes for people in our community so that they can continue to be active, engaged residents of our town.”

A new agreement signed in July 2011 by both orders of government confirms B.C.’s allocation of the remaining three years of the $1.9 billion, which amounts to a further $90 million in federal funding for British Columbians in housing need. With the provincial contribution of $90 million in matching funds, there is a combined investment of $180 million to support housing programs that help B.C. residents access safe, affordable housing.