Nanaimo-Based Seniors Housing Program Receives Financial Boost | NanaimoNews NOW

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The BC government funding is part of a $ 720,000 pot for programs across the province.

The central island region is among several communities benefiting from the free SHINE program, which Hollins said was started as a pilot project last year for people aged 60 or older.

She said the breakneck pace at which available housing is being claimed, along with the many programs and resources that seniors may not tap into, are factors clients typically struggle with.

“They saw more complexity in trying to get housing, more competition, and Project SHINE can help alleviate some of these new dynamics that seniors just don’t know about,” Hollins said.

SHINE has a dedicated and compassionate Navigator “Who can validate what you’ve been through and then strategically help you find or keep your home,” Hollins said.

Since SHINE debuted in Nanaimo, “the need has been incredible,” while Hollins noted that the offering is being improved to serve more seniors, including people in the Greater Montreal area. Oceanside.

“We were getting so many calls from the Oceanside area of ​​Parksville-Qualicum, they just don’t have the capacity to meet the needs of all the seniors in those communities. “

Bertha Horsfield from Nanaimo is a SHINE client who was caring for her sick husband in desperate need of housing.

“They are very knowledgeable about resources in various areas that a senior may not be familiar with. And it’s just heartwarming to know that there is someone there. Without their help and support, I don’t know where I would be, ”Horsfield said of SHINE in a BC government press release.

More details about SHINE in Nanaimo can be found on the Nanaimo Family Life Association website or by calling the NFLA at: 250-754-3331.

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