The second phase of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society’s Riverside Estates was officially
Ribbon Cutting at Riverside Estates
opened over the weekend. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the facility’s community room to celebrate the opening of 10 new affordable rental units. One of the new tenants is Colleen Bulger, who says there’s a marked difference living in Riverside Estates than her former residence.
Another new tenant to Riverside Estates is Doreen Grant says she is very pleased with her new apartment.
Society Chair Colleen Cameron says it’s an exciting day to reach this point, to have tenants who have never lived in a new building before. Cameron in the coming months it will continue to fund-raise to cover the cost of the project.
However, Cameron says it’s also looking to potential opportunities in the future.
The first phase of Riverside Estates, containing four units opened in March of last year. The 14 units on Hope Lane, are home to 25 people, ranging in age from 4 to 74. Five residents are children, six are living with disabilities and three homes are led by female single parents.
Now that construction of phase two of Riverside Estates is underway, the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society is now accepting applications from potential
Phase One of Riverside Estates
tenants living on low incomes.
The society’s Community Navigator, Carleton MacNeil says applications will be accepted until May 16th. MacNeil says after the deadline has passed, he’ll review all the applications to ensure they are complete.
MacNeil says the applications would then be turned over to the tenant selection committee.
MacNeil says it’s hoped tenants for the apartments will be chosen by the end of June. If all goes well in the construction phase, tenants could move in September first. Application forms can be found online at the society’s web site, or picked up at the Peoples’ Place Library, Antigonish Town Hall, the Antigonish County Municipal office or the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre.
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
Phase One of Riverside Estates
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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