Partnering With Westshore Developers and Community Social Planning Council to Support RidgeView Place Residents
The City of Langford announced new supports on the way for former residents of RidgeView
Place in partnership with the Westshore Developers Association (WSDA), the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) and the City of Langford. The Westshore Developers Association will be conducting fundraising efforts throughout the Region to support the residents of RidgeView Place, and the City has agreed to match any funds donated by WSDA members, local businesses, and residents up to $75,000. The on-line donation portal is now live at https://communitycouncil.ca/donate/. In the coming days, further information will be rolled out to residents of RidgeView Place on criteria and how to apply for funding.
“Working with the Westshore Developers Association, we’re able to make a larger impact while also ensuring those with the greatest need are considered,” said Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson. “I want to thank the WSDA Executive for stepping up once again for the community, demonstrating the value of partnerships. I would like to also thank Diana Gibson and her entire team at the Community Social Planning Council for acting so quickly when the City called for guidance and support. Working with a charitable organization that is experienced in this work will ensure all donations are recognized, and the residents of RidgeView Place have
the additional supports they need.”
“Our association and its members have always supported our community, no matter what the need, helping to sponsor local events or step up with funds in an emergency,” said West Shore Developers Association President Ron Coutre. “We are pleased to partner with the City of Langford and the Community Social Planning Council to raise funds that will help residents of RidgeView Place access the resources they need.”
In addition, the City is engaging the CSPC to administer the funds with no administrative fees being deducted from the funds raised. The CSPC was formed to help address the needs of people experiencing poverty in the Region through community social planning activities and initiatives. The CSPC is experienced in processing applications and administering funds quickly to ensure residents are efficiently supported.
“The Community Social Planning Council is pleased to partner with the City of Langford to help these households in need,” says Diana Gibson, Executive Director, “the Community Social Planning Council operates the Greater Victoria Rent Bank and has experience administering grants programs.” The BC Rent Bank is providing in-kind technology and financial supports so that all of the funds raised benefit these Langford families.
A web portal (https://communitycouncil.ca/donate/) will allow individuals to donate to the fund and receive an eligible tax donation receipt, and also allow former residents of RidgeView Place to apply for funding. The CSPC will work directly with each applicant to assess their needs, including factors such as household income, greatest need, and family composition to ensure that funds are administered transparently, efficiently, and equitably.
The City also announced that it has applied for and is likely to receive funding through the Ministry of Emergency Management Climate Readiness to hire a Community Navigator that will help former residents of RidgeView Place find new long-term homes. The funds for this position will also be administered through the Community Social Planning Council. The CPSC has expertise and long-standing relationships with local agencies including the International Cultural Association and Immigrant and Refugee Association to ensure cultural safety supports, translation services and other culturally appropriate supports for residents.
More information on next steps will be released in the coming days at Langford.ca/RidgeView.
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