A safe and secure place to call home.
Ending homelessness has become a top priority for the City of Edmonton. Thus, increasing the supply of supportive housing is a key priority of the City’s Affordable Housing Investment Plan, which aims to find permanent housing for the city’s 2,400 residents experiencing homelessness. In 2020, the City, partnering with Homeward Trust, ventured to design and construct five new supportive housing developments across the city in the communities of Westmount, Inglewood, King Edward Park, Terrace Heights and Wellington – all at the same time. Supportive housing is defined as affordable/subsidized housing that includes 24/7 health, wellness, and life skills support residents need to succeed. These five new buildings will provide residents with a sense of home and comfort while incorporating a variety of passive and active safety and security features. Each building will maintain a welcoming presence in the community while also allowing for controlled access, ensuring the safety of building residents and staff.
This project, funded by the Government of Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative, will provide 210 Edmontonians with a safe, secure, and welcoming environment. Consultation with service providers and local elders was also used to create social, medical, and Indigenous cultural support spaces. As part of the funding requirements, each site was required to be delivered through a volumetric modular construction method. This multi-site, fast-tracked project achieved increased levels of energy performance from the energy code baseline and provided 15% of the dwelling units as fully barrier-free.