TGIS puts out housing survey

The Greenwood Improvement Society is launching a community survey that will inform a feasibility study for senior's housing in the city.

In 2011, more than 30 per cent of the population in Greenwood was 65 years of age or older, nearly double the provincial average of 16 per cent.

Many seniors would like to stay in their home community as they age but cannot do so if there is no suitable seniors’ housing; many residents have aging parents or relatives living in other parts of the province who would consider moving to Greenwood if seniors’ housing were available, maintains The Greenwood Improvement Society (TGIS).

TGIS has obtained funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to conduct a feasibility study regarding building a seniors’ housing complex in Greenwood. Over the next few weeks, TGIS will be conducting a housing/demographic survey in the Greenwood area. The findings of the survey will help TGIS decide if it is feasible to build such a complex and, if so, how many units should be built and what services should be provided.

Surveys will be delivered to mailboxes this week or can be obtained by calling Fred Marshall at 250-445-6496 or Art Mudrie at 250-445-6631.

TGIS wants to hear from all residents and especially from seniors aged 65 and older and from residents who have aging parents or other relatives who would move to a seniors’ housing complex in Greenwood if one were available.

Take the time to complete the surveys and return them in the self-addressed and stamped envelope, which will be included in the survey package.