Development permit for new 30-unit building announced

Thirty more vulnerable Calgarians will soon have a safe place to call home.Stepping Stone Manor Rendering

The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) received a development permit in December 2013 for Stepping Stone Manor, a 30-unit assisted-living apartment building for single adults who are experiencing homelessness.

The $4.65 million project is being funded by provincial government grants and a gift of between $1 million and $1.4 million from Cedarglen Living to the RESOLVE Campaign.

Stepping Stone Manor is the first of 21 new apartment buildings that CHF will be constructing as part of its RESOLVE projects, as well as paying off the mortgages on nine of their existing properties.

The building is being constructed by Cedarglen Living, whose gift is part of a joint $15.4 million contribution by a group of 11 Calgary home builders – ALBI Luxury by Brookfield Residential, Brookfield Residential, Calbridge Homes, Cardel Lifestyles and Logel Homes, Cedarglen Living Inc., Centron Group of Companies, Homes by Avi Group of Companies, Hopewell Residential Limited Partnership, Jayman BUILT Group of Companies, Morrison Homes, Shane Homes Ltd. and StreetSide Developments: A Qualico Company. Each builder will fund and construct a CHF project in RESOLVE.

Cedarglen Living is the multi-family division of Cedarglen Homes, which has been building homes in Calgary for over 30 years.

Access to an affordable home can make all the difference in helping those who are struggling to get back on their feet.

Crystal, a mother of four, was experiencing domestic violence and homelessness before finding a home at Acadia Place, one of CHF’s other projects in RESOLVE. “I didn’t think I had a future,” she recalls, holding back tears. “Now I’m more confident. I want to better myself for my children’s sake and I want to get into social work.”

Crystal’s children now regularly attend school and she is more involved in their lives and the community. She helps out in each of their classrooms during the day and, after school, they do family art projects together and visit the playground.

“There are a lot of people out there struggling because they can’t afford a home,” she says, adding that CHF connected her with support services, such as on-site CUPS staff.

Stepping Stone Manor will have 24-hour on-site support through a partnering homeless-serving agency. The building will be designed to increase tenant integration through common rooms, shared dining rooms and meeting rooms.

CHF is working with neighbours and the Victoria Park Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) to ensure Stepping Stone Manor is a positive component of the community. A Good Neighbour Agreement will be in place.

Demolition of the current building is slated for late May. A kick-off event was held in April and was attended by the Home Builders, Partners, government, media and other community members.

The building is expected to open next summer.