Today was a big day for Airdrie senior and affordable housing as Alberta’s Affordable Housing Partnership Program invested $54 million to support 17 projects in nine communities across the province.
Airdrie will be receiving a total of $5.4 million for two different projects.
$4 million will go towards Rocky View Foundation to build seniors apartments in Airdrie while $1.4 million to Airdrie Housing Limited to build affordable housing in Airdrie.
“Having worked for many years in the non-profit sector, I can remember the excitement felt when an individual experiencing homelessness received a key to their own home. As our government expands affordable housing, more Albertans will have the opportunity to feel the pride that comes with unlocking their own front door,” explained Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services.
Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown is very encouraged to see funding coming this way.
"Appreciation to Mr. Nixon and his team for coming down, seeing the gaps and challenges we faced and then stepping up to the plate and providing us those dollars, it's greatly appreciated."
The funding will go towards Abrio Place and the project the Airdrie Housing Limited is taking on at the old Super 8 Hotel and HomeStay Express across from Genesis Place.
"I can tell him it will be very well utilized. I know we already have a waiting list for both of those places. It's exciting for the community."
This was the number of funds the city of Airdrie had requested from the provincial government for these projects.
“We are grateful that the Government of Alberta recognizes the importance of developing more affordable housing options in the Rocky View region,” says RVF Chief Administrative Officer, Carol Borschneck. “These funds will allow our seniors to remain in the community they know and love, which supports their mental, physical, and social health.”
The Affordable Housing Partnership Program was introduced by the government of Alberta in December 2022 to increase the number of affordable housing units around the province. This initiative works in collaboration with neighbourhood associations, local authorities, and housing developers to construct housing that satisfies the requirements of the community it will serve.
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