Dispatches from an Age-Friendly Community — Another Home

“A House by any other name can be a home…”Secondary suite, auxiliary housing unit, carriage house, apartment in home, granny flat, garden suite…A team from Age-friendly North Lanark is working on a project called “One More Home” and that is exactly what it is; a garden suite (formerly called granny flat). They want to build one unit of affordable housing for a senior in need in Lanark County.

A separate unit in the back yard of an existing home, no more than 40 percent of the size of the host home, separate from and not physically attached to the host home, but connected to the services (water, sewer, electrical) of the host, as a unit of affordable housing. It would be for the length of time needed at the location, having the ability to be moved to a new location in the future. We are doing our research. We’ve talked to planners across Lanark, politicians, building inspectors, bankers, even four churches from Carleton Place who affectionally describe themselves as the “Angry Churches of Carleton Place.”

(They are an affable group and I think just angry that so many people are homeless or living in substandard or expensive accommodation). We’ve talked with staff at the County of Lanark and citizens struggling to be or stay housed. We just want to build one unit of affordable housing for a senior and learn from the experience. We will continue to reach out. YOU CAN HELP! This month we want to talk to seniors living in garden suites (granny flats) and those in their host homes anywhere in Lanark County. Know of anyone who fits the description?

Please get in touch with Jeff Mills jmills@carebridge.ca 613 256-1031 etx 263 and please share this “Dispatch” across the county. Thanks!

The Angry Churches of Carleton Place

Rev David Sherwin – Zion Memorial CP
Michelle Vee-
Brian Kauk– Archdeacon ‘masked avenger” St. James Anglican
Matt Houle Carleton Place Baptist Church

Age-Friendly North Lanark started with a community conversation just before last fall’s municipal election. Over 45 people came out including many of the council candidates. Since then a core group was formed to work on two specific elements of age-friendly communities; affordable housing and reducing social isolation. We recognize that a growing number of seniors are using social media, hence this Facebook page. We will also use Millstone News and have a group email list. Other seniors are not on line so we will use traditional media methods as well to share information. Please like our Facebook page and share with others– CLICK here–

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