Located in Vermilion, Alberta, the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation (VDHF) has been providing affordable housing and accommodation at Vermilion Valley Lodge (“the Lodge”) to seniors and families in the Town of Vermilion and County of Vermilion River since April 11, 1960. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, the Foundation operates Westend Manor, Parkway Manor, Valleyview Manor and Pioneer Haven in the Hamlet of Islay. There are also Community Housing units for low income families in Vermilion.
VDHF owns and operates the Vermilion Valley Lodge with Supportive Living Level 3 (SL3) where seniors live independently with daily meals and services such as weekly housekeeping and a daily recreational activity program.
Under the Foundation’s portfolio, there are 40 Suites Supportive Living Level 3 (SL3) units where residents receive 24 hour care to provide extra assistance that may be required, including memory care units. These Supportive Living units are owned by VDHF but operate under a Contract Service Agreement with Alberta Health Services.
VDHF manages the following number of Suites:
Westend Manor 16 Suites
Vermilion Valley Lodge 86 Suites
Parkway Manor 31 Suites
Supportive Living Level 3 (SL3) 40 Suites
Valleyview Manor 15 Suites
Cottage Units 8 Units
Pioneer Haven 4 Units
Community Housing 10 Units
Total: 210 Units
In 2000, the Town of Vermilion and surrounding communities identified the need for a facility to support the seniors with a higher level of care. The Foundation hired Group 2 Architecture to design and build Supportive Living Level 3 (SL3) in March of 2003 with completion dates in 2004. SL3 provided an additional 40 beds and has a connecting hallway to the existing Lodge.
In 1999, Vermilion & District Housing Foundation began to renovate the Lodge. The old 1960 Wing-D and Wing-E was brought into compliance with modern building codes such as upgrading and installing fire and safety devices and water sprinkler system.
In June 2016, the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation undertook a modernization project on the existing lodge in Wing-A, Wing-B and Wing-C. This modernization project included the demolition of the 3 existing “wings” (Wings A, B and C) and the building Core, and the construction of a new 52 bed facility complete with dining room, commercial laundry facility, commercial kitchen, chapel, living room, resident personal laundry room, recreation kitchen, recreation multipurpose room, elevators, fitness room, assisted bath, homecare office, recreation office, staff lounge, maintenance office, basement storage and conversation lounges. The Foundation hired JMAA Architecture to work on the new lodge design and awarded the building projects to Jen-Col Construction Ltd. Construction commenced in 2017 and the new two story Wing-A was completed in summer of 2018. The remaining two story Wing-B was completed on October 30, 2019.
In January 1, 2021 the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation will add Dewberry Village and the M.D of Wainwright Seniors self-contained housing portfolio and these units are:
Dewberry Heritage Villa I – 4 units located in the Village of Dewberry
Dewberry Heritage Villa II – 4 units located in the Village of Dewberry
Lions Frontier Manor – 24 units located in the Town of Wainwright
Lions Heritage Manor – 18 units located in the Town of Wainwright
Lions Pioneer Manor – 18 units located in the Town of Wainwright
Chacutenah Manor – 12 units located in the Village of Irma
Wild Rose Manor – 4 units located in the Village of Chauvin
Rural & Native Housing – 2 units located in the Village of Edgerton
Rural & Native Housing – 1 units located in the Village of Irma
Total: 87 units
By the year 2021, the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation will have a total of 297 units serving our seniors citizen in the Town of Vermilion, The Vermilion County River, The Town of Wainwright and the M.D of Wainwright.
Applications for all facilities are assesses and prioritized according to need, which is determined by a point scoring system.
Application forms and general inquiry can be obtained from the Foundation Offices in these two locations:
Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Corporate Office
5401 – 46 Street. Vermilion, AB T9X 0B6.
Contact: Front Office at: (780)-853-5706
Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Wainwright Office
801 3 Avenue. Wainwright, AB T9W 1R9
Contact: Brenda Cook at: (780)-842-5936
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