Low in­come earn­ers have more op­tions than re­al­ized

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS -

Sand­stone Manor of­fers 6 one bed­room units and 14 two bed­room units. Sand­stone Manor is lo­cated on 10th Av­enue S.E. and was built in 2009.

Larger fam­ily units with three and four bed­rooms are lo­cated in Green­tree. The 26 unit Green­tree site is lo­cated on 1.3 acres. These units were built in 1967.

“Those [fam­ily units] are about a block away from Green­tree School which is very con­ve­nient for those fam­i­lies and they are lo­cated be­hind Ex­tra Foods which is nice as well,” con­tin­ued Hous­ton. “It’s good for fam­i­lies to be close to those ameni­ties. They can walk their kids to school and to the gro­cery store so it makes it a lot eas­ier for them.”

All prop­er­ties man­aged by DHA are pro­fes­sion­ally main­tained and are pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned and painted be­tween te­nan­cies.

Cur­rently, 5 units are avail­able; 3 fam­ily ded­i­cated units and 2 sin­gle par­ent or small fam­ily units. The large fam­ily units are con­structed to have three or four bed­rooms and one bath­room whereas the smaller units have two bed­rooms and one bath­room. Each ap­pli­cant will be given the unit that suits their lifestyle or num­ber of oc­cu­pants.

Hous­ton in­di­cated that many who have used the pro­gram have ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the level of com­fort the pro­gram pro­vides.

“I be­lieve this is a good pro­gram. Bas­ing rent on in­come stops the worry of fam­i­lies who oth­er­wise may have had to choose be­tween rent or gro­ceries,” said Hous­ton.

Any­one in­ter­ested in this pro­gram can con­tact the Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion at rent@2121.ca or 403-823-2121. The DHA’s of­fice is lo­cated at 145 3rd Av­enue West in Down­town Drumheller.

“We en­cour­age any­one to come in to the of­fice and fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion,” said Hous­ton. “We can help them if they have any ques­tions about it.”

“Even if we don’t have the unit size open that they re­quire, they can go onto the wait­list. It could be a vari­able time limit on the wait­list but you can’t get a unit if you don’t have an ap­pli­ca­tion in, so that is the very first step,” said Hous­ton.

Cass Hous­ton, of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager, Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DHA).

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