Did you know that:
· In BC, 50% of all seniors live on an income of less than $26,000/year?
· The 2018 Homeless Count found that 23% were over the age of 55?
· It is estimated that by 2038, about one in four people living in B.C. will be a senior?
Seniors face many issues and challenges that include social isolation, loneliness and poverty. The Seniors 411 Society offers programs that reduce social isolation, increase social inclusion, and are a critical component of any anti-poverty strategy. The Society’s submission on a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Seniors (Feb. 2018) states that the BC plan must address both increasing income and helping reduce or manage costs. They also provided recommendations in seven areas that include housing, transportation, food insecurity and community based programs. BC is still the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.
In the 411 Seniors Centre Society submission, they emphasize the importance of community and social connections for seniors. Seniors have told staff at the Society that they feel a loss of community if they move to a different and unfamiliar neighbourhood. However, aging in place and finding quality, affordable rental homes in Vancouver, is a challenge for seniors on low and fixed incomes. The new 411 Seniors Centre (anticipate ground breaking in Spring 2019) is a step to providing more seniors social housing. It will have approximately 50 units of social housing, a multi-purpose centre and be located close to other amenities and services they need.
Leslie Remund, Executive Director for the 411 Seniors Centre Society, says, “We are a peer led membership organization that aims to cushion the impact of poverty by providing information, referral and advocacy services, a drop in for socialization & connection& daily activities that promote aging with pride and curiosity.” The Centre strives to enhance the quality of life of seniors by adding a collective voice on seniors’ issues such as affordable housing, income, and health services. Join us!”
Find out more about the 411 Seniors Centre Society. Support their capital campaign for their new building.
(This year, CCEC was pleased to support a fundraiser for the 411 Seniors Centre Society.)