To help meet the critical housing needs of seniors in the community, Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) partnered with the Regional Municipality of Niagara to build a new energy-efficient, sustainable residence for seniors.
The Niagara region is home to a high proportion of elderly residents, many of whom need an affordable place to live. Seniors in the region have annual incomes lower than the national average and may have to wait several years for affordable housing, particularly in Welland. Opened in 2014, Birchwood Place—or “Fitch East,” as it’s known locally—offers 67 one- and two-bedroom apartments at a mix of rents: market rate, affordable (80 percent of market) and rent-geared-to-income.
Check out this video where Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) shares their experience in creating a successful business case for their first LEED-certified social housing building. Learn how the 67-unit affordable housing development for seniors delivered financial, social, and environmental benefits.