October 08, 2002
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York and City of Vaughan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build affordable rental housing for seniors and a senior citizens active living centre.
"The creation of these apartments with the City of Vaughan will help relieve the pressure for housing in York Region," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.
The project will involve a 55- to 60-unit seniors apartment residence on three floors and an 8,000-sq-ft community wellness facility for seniors on lands owned by the City of Vaughan, located at Weston Road, north of Highway 7.
"This project is representative of the principles of the Region's recently approved Housing Supply Strategy. This includes the need to partner with stakeholders, integrating housing into established communities and providing housing for people with special needs," said Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Chair of the Region's Community Services and Housing Committee.
At least 25 per cent of the units of the new project will be designated for rent supplement. Twenty units within the project are intended for the Active Community Living (ACL) Program to be operated by York Region Health Services' Long Term Care and Seniors Branch. The ACL Program provides personal support services and essential homemaking in permanent, residential settings for frail and/or cognitively challenged elderly persons so that they can stay in the community and remain independent.
"Vaughan is a very family-oriented community and all of our residents would agree that looking after our Seniors is a top priority," said Vaughan Mayor Michael Di Biase. "It is a quality of life issue that impacts one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. I am very pleased that we are moving forward with this innovative project for Seniors."
The project may qualify for funding under the federal government's Affordable Housing Program, announced in May. Staff are actively identifying other funding partners, as well as partners for the development and operation of the active living centre.
The Region will be tendering for a project architect shortly, and expects to break ground on the project next fall.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, including Vaughan, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca
Media Contacts: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
Ted Hallas, Corporate Communications, City of Vaughan
Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region