The senior's coalition in Kenora's clear in their request. Len Jackson speaks on behalf of coalition members.
"We need affordable housing," he said. "The waiting list now is over 100. We want people to live in dignity in their own place, by themselves, in an atmosphere where they have companionship."
"What we need -- and we can't get away from it -- we need town support." he says. "It's gotta start with the town, and we need help from the provincial and federal government."
Members of the coalition add they're willing to work with the city on possible locations for new housing units. However, the members are hoping for help from government, when it comes to subsidizing the cost of the new units.
Ideally, Jackson says the development would be accessible by a wheelchair or scooter, there would be some landscaping to make it more of a home than a commercial building and the units might include a dishwasher and air conditioning.
Support services to help tenants might include meals or a dining room. Jackson says pensioners are looking for something around $1,500 a month.
Developers are working in the city for new units on the east highway, as well as Woods Drive in Kenora. These are in addition to units operated by the district services board at Grandview Villa, Parkview, and the Maples offer some housing units that are geared to income. Units at Benedickson Court can also offer some support services.
A cooperative venture to build units on Van Horne in Dryden is now working with a developer. The suites are expected to range between just over 1,000 sq. ft. to just over 1,300 sq. ft. with rents from $1,800 to $2,100 (utilities included).
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