Creating Home for Texada Seniors

Seniors on Texada need an option to age well in their home community!

Texada is a remote, sparsely populated island community with a rich history of mining and logging industries, blended with coastal BC beauty. The island’s residents are predominantly robust seniors while the housing stock is rural, spread apart and not senior-friendly. Many seniors are faced with the challenge of aging in demanding rural conditions. Currently, there are no viable housing alternatives available.

Since 2019, TINSHS has been working hard to create safe, affordable and senior-friendly housing on Texada Island. We want to do better for our elders and – with our community behind us – we think we can! 

Join us in creating a great place for seniors to live on the rock.

Community fundraiser for land purchase

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What we've done

In 2019, TINSHS was incorporated as a registered non-profit organization and in 2022, we became a registered charity. This means that we can apply for funding from a variety of sources, and in 2022 alone we raised over $70,000 through local, provincial and federal grants (and we are just getting started)! Becoming a charity also means that we can issue tax deductible receipts to our donors for individual cash donations or “donations in kind.”

Aside from all that fundraising, we have been busy doing a lot of research, developing our vision and building strong relationships with local partners, professional consultants and numerous funders in order to lay the foundation for a successful project.

In 2022, we conducted an island wide housing needs survey (with an excellent response rate!) and hosted our first community engagement event. The valuable input we received was used to inform the Texada Island Seniors Housing Needs Report, which was completed in Spring 2023 and will serve as the basis for our next steps.

In summer 2023, we secured three years of operational funding from the Vancouver Foundation Recovery and Resiliency Fund! Meanwhile our partners at MGA and BC Passive House received CMHC Housing Supply Challenge funding to design a high-performance, accessible housing prototype for our project, which was met with enthusiasm at our October 2023 community engagement event.

Learn about our plans

Where we're headed

With the Housing Needs Study complete and our findings supporting the need for development, we are ready to engage Texada seniors in a more detailed exploration of the specific housing concept that would work well on the island. We are considering a variety of financial and architectural models to determine the best fit for our community. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming community engagement events!   

We are also pursuing land for our housing development. This is a major undertaking that requires creative collaboration, a lot of goodwill and considerable funding (see below). 

News & Updates

TINSHS Annual General Meeting – June 9

Come join us for this year’s AGM on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 1 pm at the Legion in Van Anda. We will be sharing the past year’s accomplishments, voting in Board members and sharing our next steps towards building seniors housing on Texada! Everyone welcome!

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Your donation will help Texada seniors age well on this island we all call home.