Village of Lumby housing strategy project in works

Efforts are building to look at ways to allow Lumby residents to age in place

Julie Pilon

Julie Pilon

Efforts are building to look at ways to allow Lumby residents to age in place.

The village is looking at a Housing Strategy project and has made an application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund to support it.

“It’s something that we need to look at because there are a lot of seniors here,” said Coun. Julie Pilon.

“It’s so important to keep people within the community, whether you’re young or you’re old.”

The project looks at options to allow seniors to age in their own home, instead of being forced out of their communities to larger centres such as Vernon and Kelowna.

“To an elderly person that’s devastating,” said Pilon.

There are a number of community-based Better At Home projects across B.C. through United Way and Nexus B.C.

Lumby is also looking at applying for a grant for funds to enhance seniors programming at the Whitevalley Community Centre. It will be discussed at an upcoming council meeting.