Antigonish Affordable Housing Society


Posted at 10:45 am on April 13, 2018

 Volunteers with the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society will be dropping off letters to local homes in the Town and fringe area starting this weekend.   The

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letter asks support from local residents for the Society’s fund-raising campaign for Phase 2 of Riverside Estates. It is hoping to raise 250-thousand dollars for the 10 unit development.

Chair Colleen Cameron says the letter explains who the society is and why affordable housing is needed.
Cameron says the local community was very supportive of the society won 100-thousand dollars for the community room for Phase 2 through the Aviva Community Fund.  Cameron says it is hoping the community will support its efforts financially.  Volunteers will be dropping off letters at local homes elsewhere in Antigonish County soon.


Posted at 1:11 pm on March 19, 2018

This week, as part of its 90th birthday celebrations, St. FX University’s Extension Department is hosting a People’s School on Affordable Housing.  The event

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is a partnership with the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society.  It will be held at St. Ninian Place in Antigonish on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The chair of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society Colleen Cameron says the Extension Department has a long history of People’s Schools

Cameron says she’s looking forward to sharing its experience with the first phase of its affordable housing development, Riverside Estates.

To register, go the events registration section of the extension department’s web site at www.stfxextension.ca.

 


Posted at 10:38 am on February 15, 2018

The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society is planning a number of fund-raising events over the next several months.  It’s part of its Housing for Hope Campaign

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with a goal of collecting $250,000 for Phase Two of its Riverside Estates affordable housing complex. Construction will begin in the spring, with an expected completion in the fall.

Society Chair Colleen Cameron says several events have been lined up already.
Earlier the society received $100,000 from the Aviva Community Fund competition that will go toward the Community Room.  Total cost of Phase 2, which includes 10 units is $1.6 million; government sources will also be approached for additional financing.


Posted at 11:11 am on December 20, 2017

The Warden for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish says it was welcomed news to hear that the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society won a national

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award. At the start of December, the society was awarded $100,000 through the Aviva Community fund in the community development category.

Owen McCarron says that the county has worked closely with the society and he was very pleased to see that they won. McCarron is excited to see what the future now holds at Riverside Estates:

The society is hoping to have a foundation poured before winter hits, with completion of the 1.5 million dollar project next September.


Posted at 7:56 am on December 6, 2017

Members of the Antigonish Affordable Housing society were doing their happy dance Tuesday after winning a national competition. The society was a finalist in the

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Aviva Community Fund, where it was announced that they were winners in the community development category.

Chair for the society, Colleen Cameron says that the $100,000 prize is important for the development of Phase 2 of their affordable housing complex, Riverside Estates. An emotional Cameron says that the money will be put toward good use:
Cameron adds that they are still waiting to get their building permit granted. The society is hoping to have a foundation poured before winter hits, with completion of the 1.5 million dollar project next September.


Posted at 7:12 am on November 30, 2017

The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society is hoping that next Tuesday will give them reason to celebrate Phase 2 of their development. Last month, the society was

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notified that they were finalists in the national Aviva community fund competition; entering them into a $100,000 grand prize.

Affordable Housing chair, Colleen Cameron says that it would have been impossible to get where they are now without support from the community. Cameron adds that the money would be put towards a community room in Riverside Estates:
The winner of the Aviva competition will be announced next Tuesday, and you’re invited to attend the countdown. Cameron says the public is welcome to the Community Room at the People’s Place Library on December 5th at 1:00 to hear who the winner will be.


Posted at 11:42 am on November 2, 2017

One local group has made the cut in a national competition to support community projects.  The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society has been named a finalist in an annual contest called the Aviva Community Fund.  The society, nominated in the Community Development category is proposing a community room.  The community room would be part of the second phase of its affordable housing project known as Riverside Estates.  Planning for Phase two is underway.
The 35 finalists in four categories will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges.  The winners will be announced December 5th.  If successful, the society could receive up to 100-thousand dollars.


Posted at 6:13 am on October 13, 2017

An Antigonish group is hoping a national contest will assist in developing part of the second phase of an affordable housing project it’s planning.  The

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Antigonish Affordable Housing Society says if successful, money from the Aviva Community Fund will go towards a community room.  The society opened the first phase of its project, Riverside Estates, earlier this year, with four apartment units.  Society Chair Colleen Cameron says the group’s board of directors has given the green light for phase two, a further 10 units.   She says the community room will play an important role for tenants.

Cameron says people that struggle on low income face many challenges, and having a place where you can come together  for social support is important to the overall well-being of the tenants and the community.  To vote for the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society, follow this link:  https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/17-17


Posted at 6:18 am on October 11, 2017

Two local groups are in the running for a national competition to support community projects.  It’s part of an annual contest called the Aviva Community Fund.  It is sponsored by the insurance company Aviva Canada.  Both local groups, if successful could be eligible for up to $100,000 in funding.
Antigonish Challenger Baseball, nominated in the Community Health category,  is proposing to convert the facilities it uses at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School into an accessible ball field.  That includes wheelchair accessible dugouts, a backstop, an outfield fence, field lighting and stands.
The Antigonish Affordable Housing Society, nominated in the Community Development category,  is proposing a community room.  It would be for tenants of its affordable housing project, Riverside Estates as well as the greater Antigonish community.  Phase one of the development opened earlier this year.  Planning for phase two is underway.
The public has until October 19th to vote for their favourite project.  The finalists will be announced in December.    To vote, follow this link:  https://www.avivacommunityfund.org


Posted at 10:09 am on June 14, 2017

A significant donation to the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society.  Vocal students of Sister Lillian Gaudet have contributed $1,446.50  to the society

Colleen Cameron, Antigonish Affordable Housing Society Board Co-Chair, Sr. Lillian Gaudet, and Angus MacGillivray, Society Treasurer.

from two concerts at the Bethany Motherhouse over the weekend.    Money raised will go to support the society’s social mission.

The students performed a repertoire of “The Gems of Scotland” during the weekend concerts.  It was a tribute to Sister Lillian, who is retiring after 30 years at Bethany teaching music to children and young adults.