In a historic decision, the City of Victoria has decided to support Cool Aid’s next apartment building, located in Saanich, near Quadra Street and Tolmie Avenue, one block outside the Victoria boundary. When completed, Cottage Grove Apartments will house 45 seniors who are currently homeless.
“Victoria’s Mayor and Council voted to match the $112,000 grant which was pledged last year by the District of Saanich,” said Kathy Stinson. “This is not only a prudent investment by Victoria, where most of the future tenants (who are homeless) currently live, but it is an encouragement to all local municipalities to work together to end homelessness in the Capital Region.”
“The City of Victoria is thrilled to partner with the District of Saanich, the Cool Aid Society and other funders to make Cottage Grove become a reality,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Homeless seniors are among the most vulnerable people on the City’s streets. This innovative partnership will address the housing needs of 45 of them.”
“The District of Saanich is proud to show its continued support for affordable housing in the community,” said Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell. In September 2014, Saanich Council approved a grant from the Saanich Affordable Housing Fund for Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Cottage Grove project located on Quadra Street, in the District of Saanich. “Recognizing that housing affordability is not only a local, but a regional issue, Saanich is pleased to work in partnership with the City of Victoria in providing funding to this important housing initiative,” continued the Mayor.
Cool Aid currently operates 374 apartments for people who have been homeless. Cottage Grove will be the Society’s 11th apartment building and its fourth building devoted to seniors. It is anticipated that the partners will break ground on the new property in the next few months.
The Victoria Cool Aid Society is committed to creating 360 apartments for people who are homeless in the Capital Region and is on the lookout for additional properties and buildings suited for re/development.
Interested persons, businesses and organizations who wish to get involved in the Help End Homelessness campaign are invited to contact Cool Aid at:
- Or #buildhomes and VicCoolAid on social media