Mt. Albert: Persistence pays off for seniors’ housing
In the late 1970s, members of the Mount Albert United Church saw a need for affordable housing for senior citizens in their community. Mount Albert is a town of 2,700 people located 65 kilometres north of Toronto. With federal funding, the Mount Albert United Church Senior Citizens’ Foundation opened Royal Oak Court, a 22-unit apartment building, in 1979, and then added another 30 units in 1984.
The building quickly filled and, within a decade, more units were needed. The Board applied for affordable housing funding to add 30 more units to the building. Construction on the extension was delayed by several years due to funding and construction challenges, and Phase 3 of Royal Oak Court was completed in 2012. The new units were filled in less than three months.