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Seniors Village expansion more than 50% complete

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Cortes Island is about to become home to four new units of BC Housing supported housing in the Cortes Seniors Village. The Seniors Village expansions is “already more than 50% complete,” says Sandra Wood, Housing Coordinator for the Cortes Island Senior Society.

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Coalition To End Homelessness Asking The SRD To Reconsider Delay To Cortes AffordAble Housing Project

It has been two months since the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) put the public hearing for Cortes Island’s affordable housing project, originally scheduled for last April, on hold until September. When they applied, the Cortes Island Senior’s Society explained that delaying the project would lessen their chances of obtaining a $2 million grant from BC Housing. Now, in one of the letters to submitted for the July 22nd board meeting, the Coalition to End Homelessness is asking the SRD to reconsider. 

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Regional Directors Put Cortes Affordable Housing Project At Risk

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An affordable rental housing project on Cortes Island is in peril after a trio of rural directors voted to postpone public hearings in their regions until September.

Strathcona Regional District’s rural directors Jim Abram, Brenda Leigh and Gerald Whalley voted to defer the rezoning hearing for Rainbow Ridge, a 20-unit subsidized rental home project for families, singles and seniors, at the May 27 board meeting.

They did so despite staff recommendations to proceed, dismay expressed by fellow directors, and with the knowledge the delay might jeopardize the project’s key funding opportunity.

Noba Anderson, Cortes Island’s regional director, who opposed the decision by her three electoral area colleagues, said it undermined a huge community effort and put the multi-million dollar project at risk.

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SRD Delaying Cortes Island Businesses

Campbell River Mirror, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The trend of delaying Cortes Island businesses on the Strathcona Regional District board table continues. 

This time it could cost the small island community, with a population of 1,000, a multi-million dollar affordable housing project amidst a housing crisis on Cortes. 

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Seniors Housing Projects On Cortes & Quadra

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Cortes Island senior Douglas Butt considers himself fortunate. The 87-year-old lives in a secure, well-maintained cottage in a small seniors complex with reasonable rent and a beautiful garden and grounds. Housing attributes that are exceptionally hard to find for seniors living and renting on Cortes, Butt said.

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