Market Assessment for Accessible Housing in Calgary

With the current economic and health crisis, Albertans need options related to accessible, suitable housing more than ever. This feasibility study and market assessment will identify gaps in Calgary regarding accessible, affordable housing and establish plans to meet the demands in community, including what type of programs and services need to be developed.

Investigation into Present and Future Cooperative Housing

Co-op housing is an essential piece of the housing continuum in Alberta and Canada. However, as government subsidies continue to dwindle and current co-op assets face increasing maintenance costs, a number of units are threatened. This project will assess the financial needs of current co-ops, research solutions, and put forward recommendations for new co-op housing models such as the Limited Equity Housing Co-Ops (LEHCs), land trusts, and other models.

Creating emergency accommodations for Wood Buffalo Housing

This project will provide 30 multi-family units in one of Alberta’s most progressive communities that through the last few years have been going through extraordinary change. This project will meet immediate needs in this extraordinary time of multiple stressors in the community with industry in flux, COVID-19 and now in the wake of a major wildfire and now a flood. In the long-term, these units will provide bridge accommodations as people look to longer-term real estate options.

Fort Vermilion & Area Seniors’ & Elders’ Lodge

There is an under-reported demand for supportive living facilities in Fort Vermilion and the surrounding area. The Fort Vermilion & Area Seniors & Elders Lodge Board 1788 is leading a community based initiative to create more supportive living space. By working with subject matter experts in various fields, this group will create a hopefully replicable process for other grassroots movements to follow.

ANPHA Regional Housing Collective

ANPHA seeks to provide leadership to advance the affordable housing sector and act as a convener and resource to connect stakeholders from a wide variety of sources who could benefit from information sharing, networking and direct support. This project will establish an opportunity for individuals and organizations within the non-profit housing sector to establish strong regional relationships with one another, and both the provincial and national sector. Uniting the sector together will result in a stronger unified voice that can accomplish collectively what could not be done individually.

Cold Lake Build

This project will support the Habitat for Humanity single-family home build in the community of Cold Lake. Cold Lake is one of Alberta’s communities that was hit hard by the recent economic downturn. The lack of affordable housing is a consistent obstacle to a family’s ability to raise their children in Cold Lake. Habitat for Humanity currently has 24 units in Cold Lake and continues to be the only local organization to offer affordable home ownership opportunities in the community and the province.

Market & Non-Profit Partnerships for Affordable Age-In-Place Housing

The Jack Long Foundation proposes to develop a template for affordable age-in-place housing via market/affordable housing partnerships using East Village (EV) as a demonstration community. EV was chosen because of its high concentration of low income seniors, and accelerated new and re-purposed development. The project will engage relevant stakeholders who can help to resolve barriers to working partnerships between the Market and Non-Profit sectors and ultimately to increase affordable housing by integrating it with market housing projects.

Increasing Successful Tenancies: RentSmart in Alberta

Capital Region Housing is the Alberta provincial provider of RentSmart and would like to increase awareness and success of RentSmart across Alberta. This project looks to increase housing affordability in Alberta through an increased awareness and acceptance of the RentSmart tenancy education program. This programs builds on previous success of Capital Region Housing in this area and involve multiple stakeholders to ensure community involvement.

Changing Our Community Through Story

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.

Sylvan Lake Sustainable Housing Initiative

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 Sector

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.

 

Moderate-Income Calgarians’ Attitudes on Homeownership

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 – 2018 Update

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.

NGOs Supporting Uninsured And Underinsured Residents (NSUUR) Volunteer Village’s Common’s Building

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.

 

Operations Start-Up

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.”

 

MOVE Forward

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.

Sustainable Housing Initiative

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

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.

HOMEstyle Benefit Breakfast

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 a home with Habitat for Humanity

Build another home with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the REALTORS® Community Foundation of Edmonton.

 

Pineridge Project

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.

 

Let’s Raise A Roof Together!

Matching grant for construction of a low income home by Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton supported by the REALTORS Association of Edmonton.

100th House – Platinum Level Built Green TM Certification

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.

Building for Liberty Capital Campaign

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.

Hammers for Humanity 2010

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.

Partnership to Raise Another Roof with Habitat@

Construction of a Habitat for Humanity home to support a low income family in Sherwood Park.

PARTNERING TO RAISE ANOTHER ROOF WITH HABITAT!

Construction of a Habitat for Humanity Home to support a low income family in Neufeld Landing, Edmonton.

Low Income Energy Efficiency Program

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