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Rainbow Ridge debt free: All loans can now be repaid

Donations to the Rainbow Ridge affordable housing project, on Cortes Island, have reached the point that all loans can now be repaid. 

A number of people loaned the project large sums of money, at rates as low as 0% interest.

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Cortes Island takes step to solve seniors housing crisis

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Cortes Island senior Hanyu Wasyliwis in no hurry to unpack the boxes after her latest move.

The 77-year-old is settling into her new digs at her leisure because, for once, she’s not going anywhere.

“I do not intend to pack up and move ever again, God willing,” she said laughing.

Wasyliw is one of the residents moving into new housing at the Cortes Island Seniors Village, which provides stable, affordable units so older residents can age in place among family and friends.

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When the Invisible Hand Fumbles: The AIRBnB Phenomenon

[OPINION/EDITORIAL]

It’s pretty common knowledge that we have a housing crisis on Cortes. In fact, there’s a “housing crisis” in many — perhaps most — popular or attractive places in North America and Europe right now. One of the factors often mentioned is AirBnB. This phenomenon (AirBnB now has global impact and qualifies as a Phenomenon!) vividly illustrates the predicament of “good for one is not necessarily good for all” — also sometimes known as “smart for one, dumb for all”.

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Who WIll Be Left? Cortes Island Housing crisis

[Opinion/Editorial by Bill Dougan, reprinted with permission and some editing; this article first appeared in Tideline on Jan 15, 2021]

As long as I have resided on Cortes Island, housing has been an issue. In my earlier days many folks had housing most of the year, but would move out to allow the owners to enjoy their property during the summer months. This was not an ideal situation but it now appears, in hindsight, the Good Ol’ Days.

This year we have 18 families residing on the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort property; most of these people are here because they cannot find a place to live. Some of these people have lived on Cortes Island for years, built a life here, have friends and children here… but now find themselves with no place to stay on a permanent basis .

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The SRD passed Rainbow Ridge’s application

After 24 minutes of debate, the SRD passed Rainbow Ridge’s application to have a six acre portion of land rezoned to facilitate the development of up to 22 seniors’ and affordable housing units.

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