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Huron Residential Hospice Asks County For $1 Million Loan

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Officials say loan would pay for additional four rooms, and would be paid back in 10 years.

The Huron Hospice needs to complete the work it couldn't finish, when the end-of-life facility opened last spring.

The organization is asking Huron County for a loan of $1 million, to build an addition onto the converted home it occupies in Central Huron.

Co-Chair of the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service, Jay McFarlan told Council Wednesday that the province is willing to grant $680 thousand toward the project.

McFarlan notes that Huron Hospice needs to have matching funds, to trigger the grant.

The loan would be repaid to the County over 10 years.

He says four rooms need to be added to the hospice building, which was completed in a hurry to meet the March 2018 opening deadline to keep hospice beds in Huron and Perth Counties.

McFarlan says they couldn't raise the necessary capital for the expansion in time for the opening.

He recalls much of the renovation of the existing building involved installation and upgrades to safety, emergency and security systems to provincial standards.

Huron Hospice officials estimate they will care for 60 to 70 residents and their families each year.

The facility accepted its first residents last May.

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