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St. Anthony accepting applications for seniors housing

Mark Pilgrim, board member of the St. Anthony Non-Profit Seniors Housing Complex Committee, checks out the apartments at the recently constructed centre.
Mark Pilgrim, board member of the St. Anthony Non-Profit Seniors Housing Complex Committee, checks out the apartments at the recently constructed centre. - Stephen Roberts

Town has constructed 10 two-bedroom units for residents aged 55-plus

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. —

Seniors on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula are one step closer to having new housing.

The St. Anthony Non-Profit Seniors Housing Complex is just about ready, and the town is accepting applications from prospective tenants.

The apartment complex, built by the complex’s committee, consists of 10 two-bedroom units, each with their own kitchen, washroom and closets. With the bulk of construction complete, all that remains is to finish the plumbing and move in appliances.

The town is currently accepting applications from residents aged 55 and over, and has received approximately 20 applications thus far.

However, applicants must meet certain criteria set by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing in order to qualify. For instance, their annual income must be less than $32,500.

Rent is set by the province at $565 a month. Tenants are responsible to pay for their own heat and light, washer and dryer, as well as snow clearing.

The need for more affordable seniors’ housing had been long identified by the town. After seeking and failing to obtain private interest, the town council decided to undertake the project itself.

It applied for funding in 2017 and received $1.25 million from the federal and provincial governments to construct the units, located on Ollerhead Drive. The funding was allocated as part of investments in non-profit sector affordable seniors’ housing projects.

The town established the St. Anthony Non-Profit Seniors Housing Complex committee, with Coun. Eric Boyd acting as the committee chair. Construction started in June of last year.

Checking out the establishment, Boyd was happy.

“I think the tenants are going to be quite pleased,” he told The Northern Pen.

The town is hoping the complex will be open for tenants within the next couple of months.

St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore also recently toured the complex, applauding the town for constructing the units.

“These new apartments are very modern with all amenities and a dynamic view that are close to medical facilities, pharmacies, shopping and other important services,” he told The Northern Pen. “Another benefit is these seniors will now have the opportunity to sell their current property and create homes for new residents and families that will in turn help the community grow.”

Anyone interested in applying can pick up an application at the St. Anthony town hall or contact the town at 454-3454 and the town can send copies by email or fax.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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