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.”

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Kathy Stinson, CEO, 250-414-4792 or

Don McTavish, Director of Residential Services, 250-888-7103,

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