An affordable housing project under construction near downtown [Nanaimo] will do good things for those who eventually live there, says Nanaimo’s MLA [Sheila Malcolmson]. Construction is currently underway on a three-storey residential building at 285 Rosehill St., which will provide 23 studio units of affordable rental housing to individuals trying to gain independent living skills when it opens in October. The building will be owned and managed by the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society, which will provide on-site support services to residents.  Read the rest of this article at Nanaimo News Bulletin…

Taryn O’Flanagan, executive director of Vancouver Island Mental Health Society, said there’s great need for this type of affordable housing in Nanaimo. “Stable housing is vital and we have a lot of need for it here… This is an opportunity for somebody to get into a brand-new, beautiful unit in their community, in their neighbourhood.”

Image: Community and political leaders gather at the new VIMHS building located on Rosehill Street (March 12, 2020)