Reprinted with the permission of Canstar Community News
By: Simon Fuller
The latest addition to a local affordable housing complex is nearing completion.
Chesterfield Housing Inc., a non-profit volunteer-driven division of the St. Vital-based Kinsmen Club of All Saints, is three months away from opening a brand-new 45-suite affordable housing unit that will be called Kinsmen Place, which is located adjacent to the organization’s other three buildings at 30 Chesterfield Ave. in St. Vital.
The affordable housing units are aimed at individuals aged 55 and over who might be on a fixed income. A percentage of the apartments at the development that are currently occupied are also subsidized.
Key organizer Rodger Salm, a director of Chesterfield Housing Inc., said the kinsmen are now looking for new tenants for the addition, and applications are currently being accepted online.
“This new building set to open this fall has three floors with elevator access and has been specifically to help our aging population with higher plugs, walk-in showers, and a host of other great amenities,” Salm said.
“This project has been in the works for some time and the All Saints Kinsmen are excited to finally see it come to life.” Salm said the organization first became involved with affordable 55-plus housing initiatives in the early 1960s, but “saw the opportunity to increase the footprint of available apartments five years ago.”
This vision meant demolishing a much smaller unit and building a much larger housing complex. And while this process has taken some time and no little effort, the project was able to get off the ground in 2016 with the help of Montrose Mortgage Corporation and Assiniboine Credit Union, Salm said.
A key point in this project is that the organization has built the new complex without any funding from any level of government.
“All of this has been done without any financial assistance from the city or province, but as the Chesterfield board of directors say, if they want to give us money, we’ll take it,” Salm said.
Chartered in 1946, the Kinsmen Club if All Saints is a member club of Kin Canada, which is a secular non-profit organization that promotes service, fellowship, positive values, and national pride. Each club chooses how it wants to work in its respective community.
Go online at www.chesterfieldhousing.com or call 204-504-6096 for more information.