Washington Inn Apartment tenants say thank you to Comox valley non-profit
Washington Inn Apartments. (Vista stock photo)
Tenants at The Washington Apartments off Ryan Road are saying thank you to the LUSH Valley Action Food Society.
The complex is managed by BC Housing and just about everyone living there has a compromised immune system, or some form of physical and/or mental disability.
During the pandemic, BC Housing says establishing safety protocols, and getting buy-in for them, was paramount.
The organization says most people staying there live on a federal or provincial disability income and after rent is paid, most are left with less than $500 a month to cover food, clothing, transportation, TV, telephone, internet and other incidentals.
With the temporary closure of the food bank and no way for residents to supplement their income via the bottle depot, the tenant support worker called LUSH Valley for help.
Since April 1st, 25 of the most vulnerable tenants at the Washington Apartments have been receiving a hot meal each day at noon (except weekends). With enough funding, LUSH plans to continue with this program until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
A couple of weeks later, LUSH launched its Good Food Box Program, which delivers 75 food hampers a day to residents of the Comox Valley in greatest need.
At the Washington, BC Housing says 40 tenants have been able to receive a Good Food Box once every two weeks.