Edmonton developer Gene Dub has donated an entire four-storey building to give homes to some of the estimated 100 pregnant woman who find themselves homeless in Edmonton each year. The old Grand Manor Hotel, was built in 1913 near 98 Street and 108 Avenue. He bought it eight years ago, renovating it and continuing to rent it as low-income housing. The 18 studios and one-bedroom units were renting for about $500. It’s a gift worth $3 million.
The mothers are being supported through a new program called Pregnancy Pathways, set up by a consortium of non-profits. It will help get them housed and get access to pre-natal supports, and continue to support them for the first critical months after the birth.