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NEWS | Scarce rental units and boom times made Calgary a homeless hub

March 14, 2018

Homeless rates are higher here than in Edmonton largely because of a relative lack of rental housing in Calgary, say academics and anti-poverty advocates. “It’s the availability of rental,” says Tim Richter, president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “We were tearing stuff down to build condos and shiny glass buildings.” Those market forces contributed … Read More

NEWS | Province gives $250,000 for Fort Saskatchewan affordable housing study

March 11, 2018

The Government of Alberta has allocated $250,000 to look into affordable housing for seniors in Fort Saskatchewan. Heartland Housing Foundation is one of the key players affected by the funding, they have plans (supported by council) to replace the old Dr. Turner Lodge. The province handed out $1.4 million for seven communities through the Provincial … Read More

NEWS | Piikani Nation member hopes new education helps her end housing crisis

March 8, 2018

Like Many First Nations the housing crisis has been a struggle for Piikani Nation in southwestern Alberta. But they hope that is about to change. About a month ago Chantel Provost graduated from the housing manager certificate program with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The program, which runs 18 months, accepts youth from First … Read More

NEWS | Magrath Seniors Lodge officially opens with 43 new homes

February 22, 2018

Forty-three new units in the town of Magrath offer increased flexibility to seniors in the level of care they can access and allow them to remain close to their families and communities. The construction costs of the new Diamond Willow Lodge were split amongst government, under the Affordable Housing 2014-19 Agreement. Read Article  

NEWS | Big city mayors press feds to speed up flow of affordable housing money

February 18, 2018

The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities say they don’t need the federal government to pony up more money for affordable housing units – they just need the cash to move faster. The Liberals’ housing plan unveiled last year outlines billions in federal cash and matching funds from the provinces and territories, but much of the … Read More

NEWS | Fort McMurray presses for more affordable housing for seniors

February 14, 2018

Several government departments told CBC News there is no commitment to expand the number of units for seniors within Fort McMurray after the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre is built in 2020. Linda Mywaart, chair of the municipality’s advisory committee on aging, said “there are more seniors here in town. There are seniors who desire … Read More