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.
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.
An affordable housing project in Antigonish is about to accept its first tenants. The development, scheduled to open next month, is called Riverside Estates. It has four units; two of the apartments are barrier-free for persons with disabilities.
Application forms can be picked up and dropped off at the town and county municipal offices, the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, and the circulation desk at the People’s Place Library. Application deadline is February 12th.
The Chair of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society, Colleen Cameron says it’s also hired a Community Navigator for Riverside Estates, Carleton MacNeil.
MacNeil has extensive experience in the trades, business service industry and management roles at the Strait Regional School Board. MacNeil has also worked with a number of community organizations including Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the John Howard Society and Recovery House