NEW PROGRAM! The West End Seniors Affordable Housing Initiative

New Program for West End Residents!

Gordon Neighbourhood House Launches The West End Seniors Affordable Housing Initiative

October 2009

In response to the alarming loss of affordable rental housing in the West End,  a partnership of community groups is launching the West End Seniors Affordable Housing Initiative  (WESAHI) to help older West End renters at risk of losing their homes.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is partnering with the West End Residents Association (WERA), Women In Search of Housing Society (WISHS), The West End Seniors Network (WESN) and local rental advocate, Sharon Isaak, to deliver much needed rental housing assistance to West End residents caught in the current affordable housing crisis.

Renovictions, rising market rents, above-guideline rent increases, and changes to the Residential Tenancy Act are all factors forcing many long-term renters out of the West End community. Seniors and older adults in the West End are particularly vulnerable to being displaced from their homes.

The West End Affordable Housing Initiative (WESAHI) recognizes that the ability to age in place is fundamentally important to a sustainable community, and aims to support West End seniors to stay in their rental homes.

This Initiative will deliver both practical education about tenancy laws and provide direct support by connecting seniors to programs and existing resources in the community.

Here’s how this program can directly help you:

WEEKLY: Senior Housing Outreach Coordinator Thursdays 10:30-12:30

Sharon Isaak will be available at Gordon Neighbourhood house to assist West End residents with their local rental housing concerns. Make an appointment by calling 604-683-2554 or email isaaksharon@gmail.com

FORUM 1: The Right to Rent: Aging in Place Sunday Nov 22/2009 at 2pm

Gordon Neighbourhood House

The  Tenants Resource Advisory Centre, the Seniors Services Society and The West End Seniors Network will provide information about current rental challenges facing the community and will introduce programs, services and resources available to seniors.

There will be interactive breakout sessions after the presentations with the presenters,  where you can get your specific questions answered, find out your options,  apply for housing,  SAFER  and other programs.

FORUM 2: Aging In Place, Ideas into Action for  West End Seniors

Date TBA, Spring 2010

The second forum will build on the information and feedback from the first forum, and will explore alternative solutions to affordable housing concerns facing older adults and seniors in the West End.

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