A Down Payment on Calgary’s Future: Rapid Housing Initiative

Late 2020, $24.6 million was announced to create 176 new affordable homes in Calgary through the Government of Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative – Major Cities Stream. As one of three successful applicants to this program stream, our project will see a modular build of 29 units for women and children.

As the uncertainty of the pandemic persists, and the nation continues watching COVID-19 case numbers closely, one thing is clear: affordable homes are needed, and they are needed now.

Women, whose livelihoods are generally concentrated in the sectors and industries hardest hit by public health measures, are among those most impacted. Add to that a spike in domestic violence, along with many pandemic related stressors such as job losses, food insecurity, and exacerbated mental health issues, and never has a safe home been more strongly linked to well-being.

The $24.6M committed to Calgary was meant to create a minimum of 116 new affordable homes. True to form, Calgary puts every dollar to work; the three projects will result in 176 new homes for seniors, Indigenous Peoples, and women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen stated, “Our Government wants to ensure every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home. Investments with our municipal partners […] will go a long way to effectively support those who need it most by quickly providing new affordable housing units to vulnerable individuals and families to keep them safe.”

“This immediate funding is a great start, and a solid down payment to address homelessness in our city,” says Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “In addition to this important step, we have a massive opportunity in front of us to deliver housing, at pace, and ensure we address the needs of vulnerable people and those experiencing homelessness in Calgary.”

Further Information:

https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2020/canada-announces-support-rapid-housing-calgary

https://globalnews.ca/news/7528663/calgary-ottawa-rapid-housing-funds/

https://canadianwomen.org/the-facts/women-and-pandemics/#:~:text=Given%20that%20women%20are%20concentrated,workers%20aged%2025%20to%2054.