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City Helps Launch Construction of Long-Term Affordable Housing for Women in Need

WINGS of Providence

April 08, 2011

Twenty-nine Edmonton women will enjoy safe new homes with the help of a $4.3 million investment by the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta through the Cornerstones Affordable Housing Program.

Councillor Amarjeet Sohi joined supporters, staff and residents to celebrate construction progress and the launch of the capital campaign for the new South Edmonton facility, called Our Home Next Door. WINGS of Providence offers safe, supportive long-term accommodations for women and children in crisis due to family violence. This will be the first residence of its kind in the Edmonton area, helping families transition from shelter accommodations to more independent living within the same supportive community.

Scheduled for completion in December 2011, the new building will feature enhanced security, 30,000 square feet of space and 29 fully furnished apartments, a day care and storage space. Many units are designed with a flexible bedroom to allow suites to be either 2- or 3-bedroom as needed. Bright, sunny common areas and shared spaces like laundry rooms, roof patios and a playground will help create a positive environment and a sense of community.

“Affordable housing offers a fresh start for those in need,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This project will create safe homes for women in crisis who are moving forward with their lives. They can seek employment, enrol their children in local schools and put down roots in a community while breaking the cycle of domestic violence. City Council is committed to creating safe, inclusive communities with our Cornerstones partners.”

The City of Edmonton’s Cornerstones Plan brings communities, businesses and governments together to develop more available affordable housing options. Created by Edmonton City Council in partnership with the Government of Alberta and community organizations, the Cornerstones program supports Council’s strategic vision to improve Edmonton’s livability and manage growth. As of year-end in 2010, 2,542 safe, secure homes have been achieved for citizens and families in need under the Cornerstones program. The program has already exceeded the goal set by City Council in 2006 of an additional 2,500 affordable homes completed by 2011.

“The Alberta government is pleased to support the Cornerstones program and the work being done to address the housing needs of victims of family violence,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

“Safe affordable housing was identified by WINGS as a significant barrier to families transitioning from domestic violence to healthy independent living,” said Marta Burns, President of the WINGS of Providence Society. “With the support and encouragement of the City of Edmonton and their partners in the Cornerstones Program we are looking forward to giving families the choice to leave domestic violence behind.”  

For more information:

Daryl Kreuzer

Sustainable Development
City of Edmonton

Title Senior Planner, Housing Policy
Telephone

780-496-6027

Email daryl.kreuzer@edmonton.ca

Donna J. McColl

Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs
Government of Alberta

Title Assistant Director of Communications
Telephone

780-415-6186

Email donna.j.mccoll@gov.ab.ca

Patricia Garrett

WINGS of Providence Society

Title Executive Director
Telephone

780-426-4985

Email pgarrett@wingsofprovidence.ca