Monthly Archives: October 2016
Trico Homes held a sod-turning celebration for its 44-unit Delaney development on October 20th, 2016. The building will be located in the community of Mount Pleasant, with 12 apartments earmarked as affordable, which means they’ll be rented for 10 per cent less than the average market rate. Ten of those 12 will be wheelchair accessible. The Delaney will create much needed accessible and affordable housing in our community. “This is an exciting project for Trico because the Delaney will be a rental building that also addresses needs for both affordable and accessible housing in Calgary,” says Trico’s vice-president of marketing Wanda Palmer. “In addition, the Delaney has over 3,000 square feet of commercial space that will be leased at a below-market rate to Accessible Housing, a local not-for-profit organization.” Trico Homes was provided with a $2.5-million Housing Capital Initiatives grant from the Alberta government to help fund the project, and this new partnership validates the commitment of Trico Homes and the province to create affordable and barrier-free housing for the Calgary community. “This property not only holds the future home for many individuals, it reminds me of this incredible power of joining together to create inclusive, healthy and resilient communities,”...Read More→
On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at our annual fundraising evening, Dinner for Doors, Accessible Housing was thrilled to make a special announcement. As you may already know, Accessible Housing is building a 45-unit accessible home as part of the RESOLVE Campaign which will open in late 2017. The former building at this site was called Fourth Dimension and the project had recently taken on the nickname of “45 Homes” because the building will be home to 45 individuals with limited mobility. Earlier this year we asked residents and Accessible Housing staff to share their naming ideas for our new home that’s currently being built in the Capitol Hill community. Over the last few months we consulted, conferred and collaborated to select a name that is aspirational, inviting and inspired by community. We are thrilled to reveal the new name of the building: Inclusio Inclusio is Latin for the word inclusive. The word inclusive means that something is open to everyone, without limits. Inclusio will be a place where individuals can thrive, dream and engage in their city. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about our abilities. Inclusion is also about change, and about embracing change with openness. Inclusion is about all us. This new affordable and...Read More→
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 was a truly a history-making day for Greg McMeekin, an Accessible Housing resident. It was on this day that Greg participated in a ceremony in which he was called to the bar at Calgary Courts Centre. He studied law at Carleton University and articled at Alberta Justice. Greg was born with cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair to get around. Accessible Housing supports Greg with life’s daily needs, which has allowed him to thrive and pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. “I hope this shows the public that if you want to achieve a goal, you can,” says Greg. “It’s not just about me, though — this was definitely a team effort.” Greg is one of 20 individuals listed on The Calgary Herald’s ‘Compelling Calgarians: 20 people watch in 2017’ and we couldn’t be more proud! Click here to read the full article.
Our third sold-out Dinner for Doors on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 was a great success! The evening was presented by First Calgary Financial, one of our amazing community partners. The evening was emceed by the talented Ken Lima-Coelho and was a great eye-opening experience for many. Attendees had the opportunity to navigate the evening in a wheelchair, walker, sunglasses or oven mitts to experience mobility challenges for a short period of time. We were thrilled to present three inaugural awards: The YIMBY Award, presented to the Capitol Hill Community Association; The Legacy Award presented to the family of the late Charlie Guille; and The Kent Hehr Leadership Award presented to The Honourable Kent Hehr. A silent auction featuring wheelchair art was introduced this year, with over 15 unique paintings on display. The art was created through a collaboration between Jason Nicholson, an Accessible Housing resident, and Rebecca Ellison, a local artist. One lucky person won the fantastic raffle prize – a weekend away adventure to Big White Ski Resort! Thank you to each and every person that attended and supported us to help open doors to homes that are affordable and accessible in our city. We are thankful for all of our...Read More→
Providing Practical Resources About Residential Accessibility As a centralized location for data, research, toolkits and practical information, Accessible U makes relevant and understandable information readily available to you. The site mobilizes existing information and champions best practices. Over time, research will generate new information that will be posted on Accessible U. Accessible Housing hears regularly from members of the community and from colleagues who need information about accessibility. How do I find an accessible home? How would I renovate? Accessible U is our response to this information gap – a tool aimed at placing helpful information in the hands of those who need it, when they need it, and in a format they can easily use. Accessible U is generously supported by The Calgary Foundation and The Alberta Real Estate Foundation. You can start exploring this great resource online at www.accessibleuniversity.com.