Cool Aid To Operate Cottage Grove in Saanich

June 28, 2016 – Today, levels of government and partners gathered for the “Celebration of Construction” for Cottage Grove supportive housing (3207 Quadra in Saanich), being built for 45 seniors and others who have been homeless. Victoria Cool Aid Society, which originally purchased the property in 2014, will be the operator.

“Cottage Grove is an excellent example of Cool Aid’s long-term thinking and work towards permanent solutions to end homCottage Grove Artist's Renderingelessness,” said Kathy Stinson, CEO. “Ten years ago, we first had the vision for this property. In the last two years, all levels of government have stepped up to make this new apartment building possible.”

Capital funding has been provided by the Province, Canada, CRD, Saanich and Victoria. Initial funds that started the project were provided by Cool Aid and generous donations from individuals, businesses and foundations who contributed to the Help End Homelessness capital campaign.

Cool Aid’s Help End Homelessness capital fund was used to kickstart Cottage Grove through the initial property purchase, and was also used to complete due diligence work on Mount Edwards Court. Thanks to the Province all these funds are back in Cool Aid’s control to create more supportive housing.

Cottage Grove is expected to open early in 2017, and is part of the solution towards ending homelessness in the Capital Region.

“Collectively, we have tremendous momentum towards ending homelessness in the Capital Region,” said Stinson. “Cool Aid will continue to work with all levels of government and other community partners on permanent housing solutions that will improve hundreds of lives, more effectively  utilize taxpayer dollars, and build a better quality of life for everyone who lives in Greater Victoria.”

Cottage Grove Celebration of Construction 2016 June 28 web

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Information:              CoolAid.org/housing

Kathy Stinson, CEO, 250-414-4792 or kstinson@CoolAid.org

Don McTavish, Director of Residential Services, 250-888-7103, dmctavish@CoolAid.org

The Victoria Cool Aid Society builds homes, lives and community. We create opportunities for people who are homeless or living in poverty. We make a difference through housing, health care, support and emergency shelters. Founded in 1968, Cool Aid helps over 9,000 people in the Capital Region every year, at 15 locations in Langford, Victoria and Saanich. The Society’s major new campaign is “Help End Homelessness”, to build or repurpose an additional 360 apartments for people in the community who have no home. #buildhomes

We Welcome Supportive Housing at Central Care Home

Today, BC Housing announced their acquisition of the Central Care Home on Johnson Street and their intention to quickly renovate it to provide up to 140 units of supportive housing so that the remaining InTent City campers can be properly housed and supported.

“Cool Aid has long advocated for the conversion of Central Care Home into supportive housing with ancillary health services,” said Kathy Stinson, CEO. “Naturally we are delighted that the Province was able to purchase the property for this use.”

“As well, Cool Aid would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome Vancouver’s Portland Hotel Society to the community,” said Stinson. “We look forward to working with them to house and support up to 140 people who are today homeless in the Capital Region.”

Cool Aid also looks forward to continuing to work with the Province, BC Housing, Island Health, CRD, City of Victoria, municipalities and other local service providers to continue our momentum towards ending homelessness in the Capital Region; an outcome that will improve hundreds of lives, save millions of dollars for taxpayers annually, and build a better quality of life for everyone who lives or visits Greater Victoria.

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Information:              CoolAid.org/housing

Kathy Stinson, CEO, 250-414-4792 or kstinson@CoolAid.org

Don McTavish, Director of Residential Services, dmctavish@CoolAid.org

 

The Victoria Cool Aid Society builds homes, lives and community. We create opportunities for people who are homeless or living in poverty. We make a difference through housing, health care, support and emergency shelters. Founded in 1968, Cool Aid helps over 9,000 people in the Capital Region every year, at 15 locations in Langford, Victoria and Saanich. The Society’s major new campaign is “Help End Homelessness”, to build an additional 360 apartments for people in the community who have no home. #buildhomes

2016 AGM with Kishone Tony Roy

On June 22nd, BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s CEO Kishone Tony Roy will be the keynote speaker at Cool Aid’s Annual General Meeting. Cool Aid CEO Kathy Stinson and Board Chair René Peloquin will also be showcasing some of the work Cool Aid has done to Help End Homelessness in the past year and introducing some of the people whose lives have been touched by that work.

  • Wednesday, June 22 at noon
  • Downtown Community Centre – 755 Pandora Ave.
  • Doors open at 11:30 am – Refreshments served
  • RSVP to Beverley Renny, 250-414-4783 or brenny@CoolAid.org

CEO BCNPHA Kishone Tony Roy 2016 JuneKishone Tony Roy is the Chief Executive Officer of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association where he and his team serve and advocate for the affordable housing sector in BC.  Its members provide more than 60,000 units of affordable rental housing aimed at serving BC’s most disadvantaged populations. BCNPHA is currently overseeing a sector wide transformation that has seen it expand its offerings in education, research, procurement programs as well as advocacy.

In addition to the essential duties of an Annual General Meeting, we will also be taking the opportunity to express our gratitude for the generosity of the many volunteers, private donors, funders, community partners and our dedicated staff. The overwhelming support of these people and organizations enable Cool Aid to provide essential support through shelter, housing, health and other services to those most in need in the Capital Region.