A tender will be issued later this month for the design of a 30-unit seniors housing development previously announced in the 2020-21 capital budget. It is expected construction will begin in the fall.
The provincial government will collaborate with the City of Charlottetown and consult with the public in the coming months to re-zone land on Beach Grove Road from institutional to residential. The project will be a net-zero ready building, designed to be energy efficient.
The building supports the provincial government’s commitment to build 100 new government-owned units.
Including the Beach Grove Road development, a total 167 affordable seniors housing units are currently under construction in P.E.I. by government or in partnership with developers. Government is also in the process of implementing 400 new mobile rental vouchers that help to off-set renting costs for low-income Islanders.
“Addressing the Island’s housing needs requires a collective and collaborative approach that puts people first,” said Minister of Social Development and Housing Ernie Hudson in a news release. “Island seniors have helped shape the province we know and love and it is our responsibility to offer safe, accessible and affordable home that support our seniors to age in place.”
The current social housing registry for seniors housing in the greater Charlottetown area is 103. In November 2019, the social housing registry for seniors was 183.
Island seniors eligible for housing supports will pay 25 percent of their gross annual household income for a unit. To apply for family or seniors housing supports, visit princeedwardisland.ca/housing.