Cedarcrest Manor is owned by Water Street Non-Profit Homes Inc. and financed with a loan from the Ontario Ministry of Housing under the HOMES NOW program.
Water Street Non-Profit Homes was formed by the Markham lnter-church Committee for Affordable Housing (MICAH) working in conjunction with the Markham Older Adults in Action (OAIA).
Five of the seven incorporating directors were members of MICAH while two were from OAIA. MICAH was formed by area churches in 1987, International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, to provide affordable housing in Markham. While the Water Street seniors’ housing project was its first project, the members of MICAH have developed other housing as the opportunities arose.
OAIA is the Markham branch of a larger province-wide organization dedicated to advocacy by and for older members of society. One of the major goals of the Markham OAIA had been to persuade the Town of Markham to build a seniors’ centre.
In 1988, the Town responded to the efforts of MICAH and OAIA by agreeing to sell a site it owned on Water Street for a non-profit seniors housing project and to use the proceeds from that sale to pay for a seniors activity centre.
Cedarcrest Manor is a prime example of the community leaders made up of Markham–elected officials and dedicated volunteers working together to make our town an even better place to live.
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