Horizon Housing Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Project

On April 27, Horizon Housing Society held a groundbreaking event to celebrate the commencement of full scale construction on 161 units of affordable housing.

The new development will become home for over 200  vulnerable Calgarians. It is made possible, in part, by support from: the Government of Alberta, donors to the RESOLVE Campaign, The City of Calgary, and other community members.

“This project is a living, breathing example of the power of collaboration and community. With this symbolic act of breaking ground, we acknowledge the contribution of so many in our community that have come together to make today a reality. We express our gratitude for the support of government, generosity of donors, and the commitment of our countless community partners, advocates, and champions that have worked tirelessly alongside us to get to this point,” says Kim O’Brien, CEO of Horizon Housing Society. “Together, we take an important first step to make home possible for hundreds of Calgarians and share with them, the power of community.”

There is an urgent need for safe, affordable homes with supports in Calgary. There are 3,200 homeless and another 14,000 households at extreme risk of becoming homeless. The Government of Alberta, contributing $17.9 million to the project in the form of a capital grant, is one of many significant supporters helping to move this project ahead in an effort to address the need.

“Every Albertan deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. I’m proud our government is making significant contributions to affordable housing,” said Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “By working alongside our community partners to invest in sustainable affordable housing solutions today, our government is making life better for Albertans.”

The groundbreaking marks a significant step toward achieving RESOLVE’s goal of making home a reality for 3,000 vulnerable Calgarians through a first-of-its-kind collaboration between nine agencies.

“Thanks to the generous commitment of the Government of Alberta and RESOLVE donors, Horizon Housing will offer over 200 people the stability and security of a place to call home,” said Randy Findlay, Vice-Chair, RESOLVE Campaign, and Chairman of Pembina Pipeline Corporation. “We know that when people are given a home with the right supports, they are better able to overcome the challenges that led them to become vulnerable. I am proud to be a part of the RESOLVE Campaign and the resulting projects that will make Calgary a better home for everyone.”

Bob Patrick, Horizon Housing resident and community advocate, knows too well how life can change in an instant. After a severe anxiety attack left him hospitalized for weeks, Bob lost his job as a businessman, his family, and eventually, his home. He tried to go back to work but anxiety, along with a heavy cloud of paranoia and depression, hung over him everywhere he went.

“I was the last person anyone would expect to fall apart,” he says. Eventually, Bob was connected with a support worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association and soon discovered his new home with Horizon Housing. Ever since, Bob’s story has transformed from one of desperation, to one of hope. “I’m one of the lucky ones who has a chance to heal from their illness. Living at a Horizon Housing property has given me the opportunity to find myself again and I’m grateful to have a safe place to come home to,” Bob says. “It has saved my life.”

Horizon Housing would like to once again thank those who have contributed to the project and everyone who joined us to celebrate the momentous occasion.