Elkford’s new affordable housing society is sending out a survey to assess the needs of seniors locally.
District Council has allocated $10,000 for the questionnaire after the society recently elected its Board of Directors.
The group came together following a call to action by a District Council last year.
A needs assessment needs to be done before Elkford can access any provincial or federal funding for seniors housing projects.
Mayor Dean McKerracher says the survey is directed toward individuals aged 55 or older, but he urges all residents to fill it out.He explains younger residents may have parents that are out of town but interested in moving close by and this information could help the District.
More than 30 per cent of Elkford’s population is made up of seniors according to the mayor, so he says there’s obviously a need.
McKerracher says Council has also helped out the society by setting a side a piece of land for a potential seniors housing development.
He says they believe they need anywhere between 20 to 40 units.
The concern is many seniors currently live in condos alongside employees of the local mines.
With miners working all different types of hours, McKerracher suggests the seniors have to put up with “parties” on their time off which could be any day of the week at any time.
The mayor says that’s why he wants a new facility so seniors can be together and have shared needs.
– Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher