Named in honor of our longest serving member, Abe Zakem House is a 22-unit affordable housing project located on Water Street in Charlottetown. This project was the first multi-unit residential rental project to be developed under the Canada-Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing Agreement signed in May 2004.
“The development of the Abe Zakem House is a practical way for us to reach out and serve our community, which is an important and integral part of the Kiwanis mandate,” said Mark Belfry, President (2004) of Abe Zakem House Inc.
Through a community needs assessment, the Club initially envisioned providing some means of assistance to senior citizens to allow them to remain in their neighbourhoods for a longer period, at a reasonable cost. That concept later expanded to include provision of assistance to other citizens in the community in need of affordable housing. This new vision, coupled with the desire to support the revitalization of downtown Charlottetown, culminated in the Kiwanis Club’s Affordable Housing Project.
Abe Zakem House contains 16 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom apartments and include on-site amenities such as parking, laundry, a security system and a common area for the use of the tenants. It operates as an independent not-for-profit entity, based upon a model of self-sustenance and non-subsidization. The $1.5 million facility opened in the Fall of 2004.
December 18, 2004 – Abe Zakem House Opening Ceremony.