Hope receives new provincial grant

The district has been awarded $20,000 to help support seniors initiatives

Hope has been awarded a $20,000 age-friendly community planning and project grant to help support local strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

Funding will be used by the district for its age-friendly community needs assessment. Through this program, the district will determine how to become a more age-friendly community where seniors can age in place.

“I think most people prefer to stay in their own community rather than locate elsewhere to receive proper service,” said Chilliwack Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “I am looking forward to the results of this assessment.”

The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the provincial government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports.

Accessibility 2024 is the government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada.

Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.