In response Candace Wu’s Bowser Seniors’ Housing story (The NEWS Jan. 21), I would like to say that I fully support the idea of affordable housing for seniors in that area.
With respect to the two buildings slated for independent living, one would assume that the lowest rent would apply, which according to the article is slated to be $1,800/month for an apartment with full kitchen, bathroom, living room and a bedroom. This does sound a bit pricey for the seniors that I know and in comparison to the Lions Housing units in Qualicum Bay.
The other two buildings which appear to be more like a seniors care facility, which would include meals provided, I would consider reasonable at $2,200/month depending on what other facilities are included.
We have to be clear about what is available and that the Qualicum Bay Lions Housing Facility is located on Lions Way just past the community hall, close to restaurants and other facilities. These units are for independent living, seniors over 55. The units are true low cost and with a full subsidy, rent for as low as $320/month including utilities.
Bowser and this area in general is badly in need of affordable seniors housing and the key word here is affordable. I have no idea if this Bowser facility will be eligible for subsidies, but if it is, this may reduce the rent.
Once again I fully support the goals of this organization and do wish them well in this endeavour.
Helmut Severyns, (volunteer) mGR, Qualicum Bay Seniors Housing