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Our city is in urgent need of more affordable housing for vulnerable Calgarians. Currently only 3.6 per cent of Calgary’s households are supported by non-market (subsidized) housing, which is below the national average of six per cent for Canada’s urban centres.
The City is committed to working with federal and provincial levels of government and local organizations to make affordable housing more readily available to individuals and families living on lower incomes. Watch the video to hear about our progress.
What is affordable housing?
A household is in need of affordable housing when it earns less than $60,000 per year and pays more than 30 per cent of gross income on shelter costs.
Affordable housing in Calgary
One in five Calgary households finds it difficult to pay for housing. The City of Calgary is working with government and other organizations to create more affordable housing.
Are you eligible for housing?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can find housing options that may be a good fit for you.
Benefits to Calgary's communities
At its most fundamental level, affordable housing is about people. Access to safe and stable housing helps create inclusive communities and adds to the overall health, prosperity and safety of our city.
People in affordable housing have greater chances to find and keep jobs, to learn and build skills, and be active participants in their communities.
Affordable housing also helps boost the local economy by increasing the purchasing power of residents and by attracting employers with the promise of a stable workforce.
Keeping vulnerable residents off the streets also helps to reduce demand and pressure on emergency services, hospitals and correction facilities. Providing housing for one homeless person has been shown to save taxpayers $34,000 annually.
Recent housing announcements
- October 6 - Dashmesh Culture Centre groundbreaking.
- September 29 – HomeSpace grand opening for Neoma & Inn From the Cold.
- September 28 - Silvera's Gilchrist Commons Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
- September 22 - Calgary Housing Company announce the Rundle Manor Redevelopment.
Neoma means New Beginnings
HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold have been working together to convert the vacant downtown office tower at 706 Seventh Ave. S.W. into a multi-family hub. Families in need will have access to shelter and support services; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing and services like childcare, all in one place. The building is named Neoma, a word that represents kindness and the new moon, symbolizing new beginnings for families in need. Neoma began welcoming residents into their new homes in October, giving them stability and hope for the future.Visit HomeSpace Visit Inn From the Cold
Mural brings Neoma to life
The Neoma building is the site of the largest mural in Alberta. This collaborative project between the Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) and HomeSpace, stands tall and wide at over 15,000 square feet. It was developed and created by Canadian artist Jacquie Comrie who says the artwork “is an exploration of the psychology of colour, its powerful effects on the human body and mind, holding space for much needed mindfulness and to remind us all to pause and BREATHE.”
The mural can be visited at the Neoma building (west facing wall) located at 706 Seventh Ave. SW.
At-risk youth find home at The Boreal
Young people who are experiencing homelessness as well as having complex needs, require a much higher level of support and resources. After witnessing this population of youth cycle through programs and repeat episodes of homelessness, the Trellis Society staff took action, and The Boreal was developed. The Boreal is a lodging-style house that serves youth who are experiencing chronic homelessness while addressing complex needs and offering safe housing with low barrier eligibility. Intensive case management and community support helps the residents at The Boreal learn to live independently, achieve their goals and contribute to their community in meaningful ways.Find out more about The Boreal Visit Trellis Society
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