Homeless week bus tour

The free bus visits private, non-profit and public housing and care facilities for seniors, and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 14.

“Get on the bus!” That’s the message the Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH) wants the public to hear, as they extend an invitation to tour local affordable housing and care options for seniors as part of Homelessness Action Week October 12 to 18.

The free bus visits several private, non-profit and public housing and care facilities for seniors, and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 14. Refreshments are included, as is lunch, by donation (if able), at the new Anderson Gardens apartments. The tour is offered on a first come, first served basis, and made possible through a generous partnership with Queen City Shuttle and Charter.

“We hope the bus tour will help raise the profile of what options are available in Nelson for seniors, and educate and engage the public, community leaders, and the media about the important role of affordable housing in Nelson,” said Phyllis Nash, Co-Chair of NCOH.

“We want to provide facts on seniors housing and needs, what the demand is like for affordable options, how seniors’ lives are affected – and what people can do to help,” she added.

People on the tour will be able meet housing and care providers who can answer their questions and seniors who can relate what affordable housing has meant to them.

Homelessness Action Week kicks off on Monday October 13 with a free Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Our Daily Bread, at 5 p.m. at 520 Falls Street. NCOH is offering seniors a ride to and from the dinner, on a first come, first served basis. Seniors can call the Seniors Coordinating Society at 250-352-6008 to arrange a ride or email: sencoord@netidea.com.

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