Vimy Heritage Housing Society seeks support

There seems to be a lot of confusion about seniors housing,

There seems to be a lot of confusion about seniors housing, affordable housing, extended care facilities, and supportive independent living. As president of the Vimy Heritage Housing Society, I would like to explain what the objectives of VHHS are.

There is a gap in housing for seniors living in Yukon. There is housing for seniors who live independently in their own homes, apartments or condos. There are accommodations for people who need medical support and they live in residential facilities like Copper Ridge Place and for, short term, the hospital. There is housing for seniors who need low cost social housing like the new seniors apartments provided by the Yukon Housing Corporation.

The gap is that there is no place for seniors who don’t fit in the above categories. Specifically there is no place for seniors who find it difficult to live in their own homes without assistance such as for making meals, shovelling the sidewalk, fixing the roof, etc. They don’t fit in subsidized Yukon Housing and they don’t need the medical support in Copper Ridge and the hospital, but they are able to live independently with a bit of support.

The Vimy Heritage Housing Society in Yukon is looking to fill that gap with an option for seniors who can live independently in a safe, secure and a socially active environment, but need a bit of assistance. Supportive independent living offers private apartments along with meals in a pleasant dining-room style setting with opportunities to meet easily with friends and engage in programs in the building.

What does this cost? VHHS does not know yet for sure until all the variables have been pinned down, but it has prepared a business plan. If you do an Internet search on supportive independent facilities down south, you will find that fees range from $2,400 to $3,500 per month or more. This covers meals, programs and rent.

People pay for this with a mix of Canada pensions, private pensions, RRSPs and from money when they sell their houses. It is a different mix for everyone.

And what about people who don’t have enough income from these sources? In B.C., the B.C. Housing Corporation has a program called Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) which helps make rents affordable for B.C. seniors with low to moderate incomes. If you go to the Yukon Housing website, you will see that corporation offers a similar program. The B.C. Housing Corporation has been working well with private and non-profit associations to meet the housing needs of B.C. residents.

VHHS needs to know if Yukoners support this concept and how many people would be interested in living in this type of housing if it were to be built. A final decision has not yet been made to build it. The society needs additional information from Yukoners as quickly as possible and has engaged the services of a consulting firm to undertake a survey.

I would encourage Yukon seniors or families to help with the survey. You can find the survey online at For a paper version or questions about the survey or assistance call Norman Eady at 867-332-7444.

Ranjit Sarin


The Vimy Heritage Housing Society 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks to media at a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 30. The Yukon government announced three new cases of COVID-19 in Watson Lake on Oct. 23. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three new COVID-19 cases identified in Watson Lake

The Yukon government has identified three locations in town where public exposure may have occurred

Indigenous lobster boats head from the harbour in Saulnierville, N.S. on Oct. 21. Elected officials in the Yukon, including all 19 members of the legislature, are backing the right of Mi’kmaq fishers on the East Coast to launch a moderate livelihood fishery. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)
Yukon legislature passes motion to support Mi’kmaw fishery

“It’s not easy, but it’s also necessary for us to have these very difficult conversations”

A pedestrian passes by an offsales sandwich board along Fourth Avenue in Whitehorse on Oct. 22. NDP MLA Liz Hanson raised concerns Oct. 21 in the legislature about increased hospitalizations due to alcohol consumption that correlate with an extension in the hours alcohol can be sold in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Alcohol-related hospitalizations rise after off-sales hours extended

Reduced hours for off-sale liquor establishments likely part of Liquor Act spring reforms

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys) speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. The Yukon government has announced $2.8 million in tourism relief funding aimed at businesses in the accommodation sector that have already maxed out existing funds. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tourism relief funding offers $2.8 million to hotels and overnight accommodations

$15 million in relief funding is planned for the tourism sector over the next three years

The Whitehorse sewage lagoons photographed in 2011. With new regulations for wastewater anticipated to be introduced by the federal government within the next decade, the City of Whitehorse may soon be doing some prep work by looking at exactly what type of pollutants are making their way into the city’s wastewater. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Pondering pollutants

City could spend $70,000 looking at what contaminents are in waste water

The Yukon government is asking for all claims in a lawsuit over the Takhini elk herd be struck by the court. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Yukon government asks for Takhini elk lawsuit to be struck

The Yukon government is asking for all claims in a lawsuit over… Continue reading

The Yukon government has filed a reply to an outfitter’s petition challenging the reduction of its caribou quota to zero. (Yukon News file)
YG replies to outfitter’s legal challenge over caribou quota

The Yukon government has filed a reply to an outfitter’s petition challenging… Continue reading

The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this year, saying that with COVID-19, it’s “more important than ever.” (Black Press file)
Get flu vaccine, Yukon government urges

The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this… Continue reading

Benjamin Munn, 12, watches the HPV vaccine in 2013. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available to all Yukoners up to, and including, age 26. Currently the program is only available to girls ages nine to 18 and boys ages nine to 14. (Dan Bates/Black Press file)
HPV vaccine will be available to Yukoners up to, including, age 26

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

COMMENTARY: Me and systemic racism

The view from a place of privilege

Today’s mailbox: Electricity and air travel

Letters to the editor published Oct. 23, 2020

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Irony versus Climate

Lately it seems like Irony has taken over as Editor-in-Chief at media… Continue reading

Most Read