Hope for Those Who Need it
The network is looking to build about eight housing projects. Each one will be created with shipping containers. They will be energy-efficient and suited for low-income families or individuals. Up to 467 rentals could be finished within the next two years, and that is just the beginning.
The Honourable Kent Hehr is a member of Parliament who recently spoke about this proposal. He expressed how difficult it is to build a life without a home and how important it is to invest in low-income housing. Mr. Hehr stated how critical it was in making sure Canadian communities are thriving.
The first shipment container complex will be built for the YWCA Banff Courtyard Project. It will be able to house around 78 residents. There will be about 33 apartments available. Four of which will be barrier-free for individuals with accessibility requirements. The complex will be three stories tall.
This first project will strive to meet high standards in energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The Courtyard is going to be an all-inclusive complex for new families, women, individuals, and extended families.
The Alberta Rural Development Network is also creating a toolkit for other local communities to share. It will cover the first eight shipping container housing projects. They are hoping that by providing this guide, they will increase affordable housing developments. This free toolkit will give comprehensive directions on how to plan, build, maintain, and manage low-income housing projects.
Joshua Bénard is the Director of the Sustainable Housing Initiative for the Alberta Rural Development Network. He spoke about how his team has been working to provide support for other organizations and small governments that wish to increase their affordable housing availability.
The Alberta government is contributing just under three million for the YWCA Courtyard development. Any complexes that are completed afterward will follow a similar blueprint. They will be created with shipping containers. This modular approach will enable each new project to enhance the building design to suit their own needs. An approach like this is going to save money by cutting costs in areas like engineering, design, and development.
Similar Projects Across Canada
This idea is spreading. The Affordable Housing Innovation Fund will help create about 4,000 low-income housing complexes. As a result, fewer Canadians will be left out in the cold. Additionally, they will be investing around 200 million towards showing off new building techniques and cost-effective models. Their hope is to make these projects more attractive to private building companies and their investors.
The Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing explained how proud she was that the government was investing in low-income housing throughout the area. She believes that these new housing projects will provide homes for those who need them most.
Similar projects are in the works in other provinces as well. Hopefully, the idea will spread even further. As the Honourable Lori Sigurdson put it, “Everyone should have access to a safe and affordable home.”