Investment in Kootenay Street Village creates more housing options for seniors
Patty DeBuyssher is busy doing a jigsaw puzzle in a large, airy room that is also filled with arts and crafts supplies and shelves of books. It’s one of the many spaces that residents can take time out to enjoy hobbies, join in a board game, visit their neighbours and friends or grab a coffee and relax at Kootenay Street Village, a seniors living community in Cranbrook.
Kootenay Street Village is one of nine seniors living communities in the Basin that is co-owned by the Trust and operated by Golden Life Management. The Trust is also invested in Cranbrook’s Joseph Creek Village, as well as seniors living communities in Castlegar, Creston, Fernie, Fruitvale, Invermere, Kimberley and Nelson. In total, these offer more than 955 living suites and a range of support services.
Through a grant of $3.2 million, the Trust has also helped ensure that up to 25 of the 61 newly opened independent-living units at Kootenay Street Village are accessible to residents on a limited income.
Investments in housing—like the Trust’s other investments in Basin-based businesses, non-profits and social enterprises— help the Trust earn income that it uses to deliver programs
and initiatives in the region to support social, economic and environmental well-being.