With the completion of a needs study, AVENS was able to identify and evaluate the needs of Yellowknife Seniors and was able to determine our best course of action for affordable housing options. The SEED money that AVENS acquired through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy was used to confirm what we believed these needs could accommodate and to secure the expertise of a project manager to assist.

In February of 2020, AVENS proceeded with a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the design build. A rigorous selection process took place and the contract was subsequently awarded to Nahanni Construction Ltd.    

With a strong partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories at the table and with a new kitchen and laundry program, a letter of intent was issued in support. With the addition of a letter of intent from the Co-investment funding of CMHC, AVENS declared the validity of this project in August 2020. With the support of its members, a special meeting has heralded where a motion of up to $5.5 M was authorized in borrowing capacity to this project’s success.  

With this project in the hands of our developer and design building team, AVENS will be part of the next steps of the City of Yellowknife permitting process. This process may include more studies for the various permitting stages and a community engagement component. 

AVENS would like to thank all our partners who have assisted on this project as we inch closer to bringing affordable housing options to NWT seniors. 

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