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Affordable seniors’ housing in Houston

Cutting the ribbon in the Pleasant Valley Village common room July 16 during the official opening are (from left): resident and volunteer Don Walker, Housing Society President Arnold Amonson, Mayor Sharon Smith, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, Richard Harris, and Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Director Vera Boyce. - Natalie North/Houston Today
Cutting the ribbon in the Pleasant Valley Village common room July 16 during the official opening are (from left): resident and volunteer Don Walker, Housing Society President Arnold Amonson, Mayor Sharon Smith, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, Richard Harris, and Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Director Vera Boyce.
— image credit: Natalie North/Houston Today

Houston Today

Affordable Seniors’ Housing is here in Houston.

On July 16, the Houston Retirement Housing Society saw their eight years of fundraising and planning come to fruition as they officially opened the doors to the Pleasant Valley Village seniors’ housing facility.

The six-unit building, build on donated land from John and George Groot, was the result of countless volunteer hours. Only one carpenter was hired to help out with the $550,000 project, which includes a federal gas tax-funded $90,000 geothermal heating and cooling unit.

“We have had fantastic cooperation from the community to build this facility, especially from the volunteers and the local business community,” said Arnold Amonson, Housing Society President. “The contribution from the Gas Tax Fund for geothermal heating is a great contribution and demonstrates the value of this technology for other buildings in Houston.”

Amonson notes that one of the $610 per month Pleasant Valley suites is yet to be rented, so although it appears that more seniors’ housing options are needed in Houston, the Housing Society plans to asses the need as it arises. The land where Pleasant Valley Village sits is large enough to house several more buildings, Amonson said.

“I can remember that meeting years ago where we sat down and said ‘What are we going to do about seniors’ housing?’” Mayor Sharon Smith said. “This is evidence of what Houston can do.”

Smith, along with Amonson, Richard Harris, MP for Cariboo - Prince George, Vera Boyce, Regional District of Bulkley - Nechako Director, and Don Walker, Pleasant Valley resident and project volunteer, celebrated the green event by planting a tree in Pleasant Valley Village’s front yard. Houston is slated to receive $1.24 million by 2014 from B.C.’s $1.6 billion federal gas tax funding.

“What happened here is typical of small town generosity,” said Harris.

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