Affordable housing shortage for disabled in Charlottetown
Jennifer Coughlin, 27, uses a wheelchair and lives at a seniors-friendly apartment
A Charlottetown woman who uses a motorized wheelchair says there’s not enough accessible housing in the city that's also affordable.
Jennifer Coughlin, 27, moved to Charlottetown five years ago from Prince County, but is living in a seniors-friendly apartment that’s not completely accessible.
For instance, she can’t put on a kettle because the kitchen isn’t accessible. It means she needs help from her sisters or caregivers most of the day.
"It's a big city compared to where I'm from out west and I thought I'll move here and I'll have way more opportunities; I'm sure there's place to live down here," she said.
"There's so many apartment complexes, but I just found that I would search and search but nothing would show up as wheelchair accessible.”
There are accessible homes in Charlottetown, but they’re either taken or too expensive.
She wants the province to put more money into building or updating housing to make it easier for people with disabilities.
The PEI Council of People with Disabilities says Coughlin's story is one they hear all too often.
Executive director Marcia Carroll says there's not enough affordable housing for people with physical disabilities.
As the population ages, she said there’s more demand for accessible housing. She said the province has put some money into fixing the problem, but more work is needed.