The adequate availability of affordable housing is vital for any municipality to thrive in the 21st century. While many Calgarians have worked hard to be able to afford housing at market rates, due to any number of reasons, many Calgarians are not. These Calgarians require some extra assistance to ensure that they have access to safe and affordable housing.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation considers housing that costs more than 30% of one’s income as unaffordable. With Calgary prone to abrupt increases in the cost of rental units, Calgarians are especially vulnerable to living in unaffordable housing. This is one of the reasons that the City of Calgary, through the Calgary Housing Company, is working with other levels of government to build new affordable housing units across the city.
One example of an up-and-coming affordable housing project is in community of Rosedale. These sites were identified as ideal for low-density affordable housing during 16 Av N widening work nearly a decade ago. You can read more about the project here.
Unfortunately, there are some people who feel that affordable housing doesn’t belong in their community. It is important to note that there is no place for stigma and discrimination towards Calgarians who find themselves in need of affordable housing. If the thought of affordable housing in your community troubles you, perhaps you would benefit from taking the cringe test found here (page 12-13).
The City will continue to look for opportunities to build new affordable housing units over the next few years. These efforts will include adequate public engagement to ensure that public housing projects are integrated as much as possible into new communities.
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