Anderson Gardens in Nelson is now taking applications.

Anderson Gardens in Nelson is now taking applications.

Anderson Gardens opens in Nelson

Residents have started moving into Anderson Gardens, a rental facility for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

Residents have started moving into Anderson Gardens, a three-storey rental housing facility dedicated to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

Applications are being accepted for those interested in making the 302 Anderson Street complex home.

All applicants must be able to live independently and be either over 55 or in an established relationship with someone over 55. An adult with a disability can also apply.

Because the 33 units are reserved for low-income individuals, applicants must earn less than $26,000 annual income and have assets valuing under $100,000.

Applications can be completed through BC Housing Registry at 1-800-257-7756 or online at bchousing.org

Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kootenay branch operates the facility and will be conducting personal interviews with eligible applicants.

Work on the project — located at the site of the old school board building — began in mid-2011. Each 430-square foot unit includes a large bathroom, small kitchen, living room, and storage space.

One resident happy with his new living space said, “I would live here even if I had to pay full price.”

It is expected Anderson Gardens will hold an official open house in March.