LIFE*SPIN Community Housing Initative
Jacqueline and Patricia on the back steps of the LIFE*SPIN Housing Initiative
The LIFE*SPIN CED Housing Initiative is comprised of five commercial units, five one-bedroom units, two bachelor apartments and three two-bedroom units. This sustainable housing initiative has become an epicentre of community and neighbourhood development that benefits the whole area. We provide below market rents to an extraordinary array of individuals, with unique support needs. Many of the tenants have become active leaders in the community improvement endeavours, and many utilize the community initiatives
Building Community Foundations for Self-Reliance
As the CED Housing Initiative becomes more sustainable, we are able to offer increased space to the community for programming important to the basic quality of life for citizens who struggle in poverty. These programs are designed and operated by the community. Current programming includes: monthly Collective Cooking meals, children’s activities, summer day-camp program, Seniors Christmas Social, a teen girls program, and various workshops, such as how to set up a Registered Education Savings Plan, landlord/tenant education, and disability savings plans.
Over the past year LIFE*SPIN has hosted more than 40 information-sharing workshop for public legal education, health care and health promotion, nutrition and social activities. Numerous neighbourhood and community groups utilize this community space for activities and events.