It Takes a Village

Low-income seniors living in Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society (NAHS) complexes claim a range of issues have emerged, from a decline in building maintenance to disruptions and cuts to some support services. The tenants say NAHS is putting money over their well-being.

To investigate, reporter Julie Chadwick interviews more than a dozen tenants, former board members and employees, and combs through piles of tenancy documents, contracts and meeting minutes. Along the way, she discovers some incredible stories of resilience and friendship.

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Who will protect low-income seniors from dying in extreme heat?

This public-interest lawyer has ‘very little confidence’ in the government’s response, and is calling for tenant-led solutions.

Seniors left in distress — or dead — for days in Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society units

Tenants and advocates are calling for the reinstatement of wellness checks and other safety measures to prevent residents lying injured or dying alone.

Why is this Nanaimo housing provider rolling back services for low-income seniors?

Tenants say that services have deteriorated since Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society took over. Julie Chadwick investigates for Part 2 in our series It Takes a Village.

Reporter’s Notebook: How I’ve learned to report on my own community

Being a local reporter who is also deeply embedded in the community comes with its challenges, writes Julie Chadwick.

‘We want our village back!’ These Nanaimo seniors say they lost the ‘heart of their community.’ Now they’re fighting back.

Tenants say Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society is putting money over their wellbeing. This is Part 1 in our series It Takes a Village.

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