Sixteen families and residents are moving into some brand new homes thanks to the completion of a Calgary Housing initiative.
Designed through community engagement between 2015 and 2017, the modular homes were built offside and delivered last October to a parcel of land in Rosedale that had been left over from the widening of 16th Avenue NW.
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These homes were then completed with interior finishing, landscaping, and exterior cladding, and they’re now ready to welcome their new residents.
“At a moment when we are all spending more time at home, I am very pleased to announce that 16 families and individuals will soon be moving into newly completed affordable housing in Rosedale. Now more than ever, we all need a home that is safe and that we can be proud of,” said Councillor Druh Farrell, who is also the Board Chair for Calgary Housing Company (CHC), in the release.
“Through collaboration with the Rosedale community, we have integrated an attractive, functional design which compliments the community aesthetic and will make a difference to Calgarians living on lower incomes.”
The one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are being rented under a mixed-income model, with monthly rent ranging from as low as $350 per month up to around $1050 to $1400 a month — close to market rate.
The homes being rented out at market rate help to offset the cost of the other units, meaning the entire model relies on little to no government subsidy.
The homes were designed to limit environmental impact and have been placed in an area close to transit, schools, employment services, and retail locations.
“We’ve always known that affordable housing is about public health, but this is even more important now. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored our commitment to ensure that Calgarians have access to affordable housing,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the release.
“The Rosedale development supports The City’s strategy to bring affordable housing to every community in Calgary. I want to thank our partners in government for making this development happen in these unique spaces.”
Tenants are expected to be moved into the city-owned homes throughout the summer and the fall.
The project cost a total of $3.96 million, or $247,500 per unit, according to the release, and was created as part of the City of Calgary’s 10-year-plan to build 1,000 new affordable homes.