Monday, December 10, 2012

'White House' Transformation

Housing For Low Income Working Youth

The once infamous White House on Haliburton Street is in the midst of renovation to become nearly 4500 square feet of housing for youth who are working and need safe, affordable housing.

Youth aged 17-30 in Nanaimo will soon have access to new affordable housing thanks to the Nanaimo Youth Services Association's purchase of the historic rooming house at 545 Haliburton St.

The society will purchased and is extensively renovating the building, formerly known as the Rowe Residence, to provide 14 to 16 apartments for employed youth. An additional apartment will be designated for an on-site resident manager to provide support to the residents.

Many of the youth will have completed the Nanaimo Youth Services Association’s BladeRunner program – a youth employment training program which provides employment and skills to out-of-school and unemployed youth. This new housing will provide an affordable option as they progress into their working lives.

The government of B.C. will provide construction financing of $302,000. The City of Nanaimo will provide a $75,000 grant from their Housing Legacy Fund for the project.


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