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Original News Release





Dec. 1, 2006

Government of Canada

Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for Housing

Interior Health




Tom Uphill Manor, 1301 4th Avenue in Fernie, houses 24 one-bedroom supportive units for seniors and people with disabilities, and three one-bedroom transitional units for those seniors who are at risk of not having appropriate housing for their specific needs. The development is a single-storey wood frame building. Tom Uphill Manor opened to tenants on Oct. 1, 2006. The manor is named after Tom Uphill, a provincial MLA between 1920 and 1960 and a past mayor of Fernie.


FERNIE FAMILY HOUSING SOCIETY                                                                              

The Fernie Family Housing Society was formed in September 2000 to construct and manage New Horizon Village, a 32-unit Homes BC social housing development for families, seniors and people with disabilities.


PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                                      

The capital cost of this project is $3.51 million, with funding provided through these partners:

·         $1.85-million grant from the Province, through BC Housing, towards the capital costs of the development;

·         $576,000 in funding under CMHC’s Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, in addition to $10,000 in seed funding and an interest-free CMHC loan in the amount of $30,000 towards the initial proposal, a portion of which has been forgiven;

·         $178,000 in contributions from the Columbia Basin Trust Fund;

·         $100,000 in contributions from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia;

·         $35,000 contribution through HRSDC’s National Homelessness Initiative;

·         $96,000 through the reduction of municipal levies and taxes by the City of Fernie;

·         $5,000 in contributions from Enterprising Non-Profits;

·         Interior Health transferred the Tom Uphill Memorial Home to the Fernie Family Housing Society – an approximate value of $800,000; and

·         $103,000 through equity and $28,000 in donations from the society.





Laura Kohli

BC Housing

604 439-8583

604 805-4960 (cell)


Steve Hall


604 785-8617 (cell)



Jennifer Henkes

Interior Health

250 420-2404


Corrie Hurlburt

Property Manager

Fernie Family Housing Society

250 423-6728


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