Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society
The Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society has provided comfortable homes and a safe, caring community for lower-income independent seniors aged 55 and older since the early 1970’s. Their long-standing success in service to older adults is made possible in part by the dedication and generous support of the Anglican Church Women (ACW), who continue their community service today as a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. The society now has two affordable housing buildings on their property that was donated from the Anglican Church Women over 40 years ago – Mount Douglas Court and Mount Douglas Manor.
Mount Douglas Manor is a three-story affordable seniors rental residence situated along the 1500-block of Arrow Road in Saanich in Victoria’s urban core. In response to a need for affordable housing for seniors, the Anglican diocese along with the Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society decided to undertake a new development project for affordable senior rental housing on a vacant portion of their property that was next to their existing building that was built in 1971 (Mount Douglas Court). The Manor was completed in 2019 and was awarded the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Award of Excellence for affordable housing design.
The Society received grant support from Vancity Community Foundation for the feasibility and business planning stages of the project, and a pre-development loan from the Affordable Community Housing Accelerator Fund.
Many seniors are reaching retirement age and do not have sufficient pension income to afford market housing. Mount Douglas Manor offers affordable rents and adds “a little bit of luxury” to senior living by offering comfortable amenity spaces and extensive landscaping with walkways and raised planting beds for residents growing vegetables and flowers. The building is “Built Green Gold Technology” and offers 36 studios at $670 per month, 48 one-bedroom units at $875-920 per month, and includes two fully wheelchair accessible units.