Accessible Housing Society: The Story of Inclusio
Accessible Housing Society is a non-profit organization and registered charity that focuses on opening doors to homes that are both accessible and affordable for people with limited mobility – a growing population with unmet needs within the province of Alberta.
Recognizing the need within our communities for increased mobility-restricted and cost-effective housing, Accessible Housing Society undertook the development a 45-suite home known as Inclusio.
Inclusio is located in Capitol Hill, Calgary, Alberta; the first building of its kind designed to serve those with limited mobility province-wide. This strategically designed building features:
- 45 studio suites;
- Shared common living spaces;
- Laundry rooms available on each floor;
- A central dining room (offering three meals per day, seven days per week); and
- A wellness room (complete with a therapeutic tub).
Residents also have access to an enclosed parking garage (with parking stalls wide enough to accommodate specialized vehicles), as well as on-site administration, maintenance and housekeeping services.
Through each phase of the architectural design, development and sustainability planning, Accessible Housing not only gained unparalleled knowledge around the different aspects of accessible construction design and development, but also how our services can be integrated in the most useful way for residents.
Through a generous grant provided by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) Accessible Housing has been able to compile and distribute this learned knowledge in a way that allows us to share the story of Inclusio with many of our trusted stakeholders.
Further understanding: less than 3% of affordable housing units in Calgary are accessible; 58% of adults with disabilities in Calgary have incomes under $30,000 per year. This gap within our market provides ample opportunity to reach out to government and other agency stakeholders to create plans for strategy and collaboration to fill a greater and increasing need.
This project was made possible through a grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.