Kiwanis Affordable Housing Project History
Up until recently, The Qualicum Parksville Kiwanis Housing Society had 20 one-bedroom aging apartment units and a clubhouse. These units were replaced in 2015 with 34 new rental homes. The site is situated in an attractive park-like setting which and provides a social, welcoming environment for seniors and opportunities for families requiring affordable housing.
A Qualicum Beach needs assessment was completed May 2009 and the research indicated a need in the Qualicum Beach area for affordable rental housing for fixed income seniors and families. These needs have been reviewed and a decision was made to build a mixed affordable housing project on the existing site.
Construction started in July of 2015 on 24 single-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom rentals in single-storey, attached townhomes. The project’s proximity to the community park, swimming pool, transportation and the town’s core offers many amenities for seniors and families making the new affordable homes very attractive.
The Kiwanis Housing Society’s is committed to community housing for seniors and opportunities for younger families to integrate into the “Kiwanis Village” experience with a park close to their home. They believe in keeping the diversity of Qualicum Beach’s community, socially, culturally and economically is important to ensure a vibrant environment for all.
Although the main round of funding for the project has now been completed, the Kiwanis Housing Society continues to accept contributions from individuals and organizations who wish to support our mandate.
The Society continues to explore grants and corporate contributions from various foundations, the financial community, local businesses and professionals. The local Kiwanis club also conducts community fund raising through such events as a dinner cruise, winery tours, dinner dances, golf tournament and involvement in community activities.