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Bala Legion planning affordable housing project for seniors

Post by JAFO on Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:16 pm

Officials at the Bala Royal Canadian Legion Branch are taking on a big project that could address affordable housing for seniors.

Legion members what to build at large scale senior care complex that would be attached to the legion building.

“The idea came from our older veterans as well as their families who wanted to stay in the community and they didn’t have housing for that,” said Ruth Nishikawa, Legion executive member

The proposed Bala Legion Heritage Manor is 134,000 square feet facility that will include 128 rooms for assisted living and long-term care.

Priority would be given to veterans, but the facility would also be open to other seniors in the community.

“Across the province there’s a long waiting list for senior housing and certainly close to home and we hope to fulfill that need as well,” said Nishikawa.

Muskoka Lakes Township has given the legion the green light to being the planning phase for the proposal.

“Affordable housing is a real problem for Muskoka i think it would be a huge add,” said Mayor Don Furniss.

The project still has a long way to go before ground is broken. The project is estimated to cost as much as $15 million and is hoping the federal government can help with financing.

Legion members are working on a business plan and will present it to the federal government the first week of December.

http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/bala-legion-planning-affordable-housing-project-for-seniors-1.3677977
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Post by JAFO on Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:24 pm

Is this the Legions new source of income in the future?

I find it interesting that the Legion members are presenting their "business plan" to the federal gov't BEFORE the provincial gov't.

Is this a project that VAC should help fund for veterans?
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Post by Nemo on Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:04 pm

Interesting. And this housing is in short supply so this would be good if it went forward. Maybe as JAFO says this could be the Legion's new source of income in the future. Cause we all know that the Legion won't exist on membership numbers.

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Post by Trooper on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:15 pm

I don't trust the Legion heads, and I certainly don't trust the government.

What I will say is any new measures that are put in place by the government will be another notch they can add to defending the New Veterans Charter.

When they use quantity to defend what they do, quantity in terms of putting everything under the same umbrella to make a point of merit, it is totally bullshyte.

There's a lot of disabled Veterans in bad shape today, the government say's it's doing a lot to make things better, but one must wonder if the old pension act was still in place today, would the problems be as bad as they are today?
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Post by Nemo on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:51 pm

Yes, true Trooper. We all know the Legion was a big part of the NVC.

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