‘Housing first’ initiative helps homeless families in Calgary

June 05, 2009

Province provides funding to create 80 homes

Calgary... Homeless families are closer to having a place to call home thanks to provincial funding for a new housing development in Calgary. This funding will help create 80 housing units for families in Calgary who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, including those leaving domestic violence situations.

 

“This funding continues to support strong and healthy communities and is part of government’s overall strategy to create more affordable housing across the province,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “The province is pleased to be a partner in reducing homelessness, increasing the availability of housing while contributing to the development of communities in Calgary and all of Alberta.”

 

The Alberta government has allocated $8.9 million to the Calgary Homeless Foundation for developing a new housing initiative which will provide up to 80 family housing units that will include one, two and three-bedroom units.

 

“I commend the staff, volunteers and board members of the Calgary Homeless Foundation for their hard work and commitment to helping some of Calgary’s most vulnerable people,” said Yvonne Fritz, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. “The housing units resulting from this funding will make a real difference in the lives of many families as it will provide them with a safe, secure and sustainable place to live.”

 

“The Alberta government is delivering on its commitment to end homelessness in the province by taking a plan and putting it into action,” said Tim Richter, President and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. “Thanks to this funding, homeless Calgary families will be able to move out of shelters and into affordable housing. Today’s announcement gives them hope as well as homes.”

 

This is the second year the province has provided support through an RFP process and is part of the Alberta government’s five-year strategy to create more than 11,000 affordable housing units across the province by 2012. The province committed $309 million in new funding in 2008/09 in support of affordable housing. This RFP funding is a component of the $309 million in capital funding.

 

This capital investment complements the government’s four-point plan for economic recovery, which calls for keeping an eye on spending, using savings to protect programs and services for Albertans while keeping taxes low, continuing to invest in infrastructure, and promoting the province on the world stage.

 

To find out more about affordable housing programs and services supported by Housing and Urban Affairs, please visit www.housing.alberta.ca
 

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Barbra Korol, Communications

Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs

780-644-6838 / cell phone 780-966-8141 \
barbra.korol@gov.ab.ca

 

 To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000.