This project will research the second-hand housing market will seek to improve understanding of the impacts and trends of home sharing services such as Airbnb, particularly on rental and housing markets, with a focus on Calgary and other cities in Alberta. Specifically, the project will seek to understand the main impacts of home sharing in Calgary and factors influencing these impacts; what it means for home ownership and affordability and community characteristics; what are the trends and what might the market and its effects look like in the future; what are similar cities doing to address related issues; and what are policy options for the City of Calgary to develop a suitable framework for regulating the market and how might such a framework be implemented?
By capturing, analyzing, better understanding and then translating the story of the new 45-unit home called Inclusio, Accessible Housing will be better positioned to share their learning with government funders and policymakers, corporate partners, and community organizations. The intention of this initiative is to combine the documentation of key learnings with employee learning and development opportunities, and to ensure these employees have the skills, knowledge, and tools required to share this story with other communities. When well-shared, this story will inspire others to create similar developments in Alberta.
This project was created to develop a sustainable housing strategy to identify housing needs and gaps within the community and propose innovative solutions to addressing affordable housing and aging-in-place challenges. The project will recommend new models for collaborative partnerships that could be implemented in our community to address housing challenges.
Building a Sustainable Non-Market Real Estate Sector will help position housing providers for long-term sustainability and create capacity so that they can make strategic use of real estate assets. Based on feedback collected from the sector, we will develop training workshops and a speaker series for housing providers, empowering them to make use of strategies such as identifying redevelopment potential, real estate financing tools and investment strategies, or leveraging assets through strategic collaboration and partnerships.
In many other Canadian cities, most moderate-income jobs can accommodate a home purchase. In Calgary, it’s a little more challenging. The average price tag on a home in Calgary has increased greatly while salaries have not kept pace. We want to investigate three broad categories pertaining to moderate-income Calgarians who do not own a home:
1.Are they renters for life or do they eventually want to buy?
2.If they want to buy right now, what are the barriers (e.g. price too high, mortgage payments greater than rent, no down payment, lack of green options, waiting for right house)?
3.Are there housing forms they would like to see that are not currently provided in the development community?
The Canadian Rental Housing Index is an interactive web-map that allows users to access detailed rental housing statistics for over 1,200 jurisdictions across Canada. The intent of this project is to update the Index with 2016 census data, as well as develop new data analysis, comparison, reporting, and sharing tools. The update to the Index will allow stakeholders in Alberta and beyond to understand and act on affordable housing issues in their communities.
A significant number of volunteers are coming to Fort McMurray in the spring of 2017 to help with the communities rebuild after the wildfires last Spring. NSUUR has set up a “Volunteer Village” to accommodate these volunteers.
The Calgary Aging-in-Place Co-operative is designed to find ways to support our aging communities, so individuals can afford to stay in their homes, as they age. In finding everyday affordable services based on the needs of each member we can ensure that everyone has an opportunity to “age-in-place.”
The MOVE Forward Program encompasses education, counselling and advocacy, and referral to service providers to assist and support individuals to become successful, stable tenants/renters. Program components include 12 hours of in-class education deigned to create a personalized plan for stable housing; improve an individual’s communication skills, and create a workable household budget that makes rent a priority. The core of the program is the education component of six 120 minute sessions delivered by a team of specialized facilitators and community experts.
There is an acute shortage of affordable housing in many rural Alberta communities. ARDN will work with several rural communities to start addressing this issue by conducting affordable housing needs assessments and feasibility studies in a coordinated and cost effective manner, and create and share a model of best practices.
Accessible U is an information hub about accessibility, especially in residential environments. Meeting information needs for Albertans experiencing mobility barriers, Accessible U is committed to making relevant, understandable information readily available to everyone. We’re creating a space to inform and empower people, creating a more accessible Alberta.
The HOMEstyle Breakfast is the Housing Society’s signature event set to educate about the critical need and societal benefits of affordable housing in building communities. The event is also a fundraiser, although considered the secondary purpose. Avi Friedman, an international expert in innovative housing and urban design is the speaker.
Build another home with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton.
Building six four-plexes in Calgary’s community of Pineridge, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in Southern Alberta, will create 24 safe, decent and affordable homes with BuiltGreen Canada’s energy saving practices, thus reducing overall maintenance costs and better directing funds to Habitat families’ education, food and clothing. Through the support of our community partners, families can thrive.
Matching grant for construction of a low income home by Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton supported by the REALTORS Association of Edmonton.
Application for construction of the 100th Habitat Home in the Calgary area to be enrolled with the Built Green Society of Canada. Habitat will strive to reach Platinum level certification.
CREB Charitable Foundation is donating $500,000 to the building of the Brenda Stafford Foundation and is asking that we provide matching funding. The project is for emergency shelter, second stage shelter services and affordable housing options for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
The REALTORS® Association of Lloydminster & District is selling hammers donated and engraved locally for $100 each to raise funds to support Habitat for Humanity projects in Lloydminster. Funds will be donated to Habitat projects in Vermilion and Wainwright Districts. The application seeks matching funds to the amount raised.
Construction of a Habitat for Humanity home to support a low income family in Sherwood Park.
Construction of a Habitat for Humanity Home to support a low income family in Neufeld Landing, Edmonton.
This project targets energy poverty – the ability of low-income households to afford home electricity and natural gas bills. We will add energy efficiency components to the planned renewal of low-income public housing building(s) in Calgary. The result will be a policy framework to guide the design, funding and delivery of ongoing programs to alleviate energy poverty in Alberta
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