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Monday, April 14, 2014

New Housing For Seniors On East Side Officially Opened

Saint John M-P Rodney Weston concedes the need for affordable housing remains an issue in Saint John but it has been eased somewhat with the official opening of a new seniors complex on Eugene's Way, just off Loch Lomand Road on a brand new street. 

Weston says half of the 46 apartments in the building are for those seniors who get by each monthly on little money and those who are disabled. He points out how tough it is for people with disabilities to get proper housing in the city because the older buildings were not constructed with that in mind.

Kevin McDonald of the Knights of Columbus says it took six years to get this building up and it was tough slogging at times but, in the end, it was worth it. He also indicates there's room for expansion on the land purchased by the Knights of Columbus.

The federal government contributed over 900 thousand dollars to help pay for construction. The province is providing more than 2 million dollars in rent supplements.