December 2, 2022 – Government of PEI: Islanders with living with intellectual and/or dual disabilities will have more living accommodations in eastern PEI.
This Fall, Inclusions East officially opened an independent living centre helping to meet the housing needs of 11 people. The complex hosts eight one-bedroom furnished apartments, one of which is barrier-free, and one three-bedroom staffed unit for those with greater needs. The facility also hosts on-site laundry and a common area for socializing and group meals.
“This expansion of services of Inclusions East is exciting for some of our community members with an intellectual or dual disability, as it empowers them to be able to have to ‘live a life of their own’ or to remain independent as their support needs change” says Executive Director of Inclusions East, Nancy Anderson. “Within our community; there are many varying needs with for which Independence Place in combination with our other locations allows us to offer a spectrum of supports to find the best option.”
The 9,000 square foot facility is located at 26 Grace Lane opened in October 2022. As previously announced, the project received $681,000 through the Community Housing Fund administered jointly by Canadian Mental Health Association and Department of Social Development and Housing.
“I’m so honoured to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities with an organization that truly embodies the ‘ability’ component of disability,” says Matthew MacKay, Minister of Social Development and Housing. “Independence Place is a beautiful facility that focuses on empowering persons with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives.”
Support staff are on-site to assist with life skills training to ensure success among the tenants. Tenants will also have access, should they choose for other services available under Inclusions East such as employment services and/or skills training.
“There is a great need in our communities to provide housing for those living with an intellectual and/or dual disability,” says Danny Bartlett, President of the Inclusions East Board of Directors. “Being an aging parent of a son with disabilities I personally know this need is real. The Board of Directors are very pleased that we can move forward with this project and accommodate some of these needs in Eastern PEI. We also want to thank the provincial government for their current and ongoing support for this project.”
For more information about programs and services offered at Inclusions East visit their website