Testimonials

Affordable Housing Matters!

These personal accounts demonstrate the positive impact that affordable housing solutions have made in the lives of Canadians. Read them and you may become inspired to get involved in affordable housing projects in your community!

These projects received expertise and advice from the Affordable Housing Centre's team of experts, and may have also benefited from financial assistance through programs such as the Affordable Housing Initiative, Proposal Development Funding, Renovation Programs and Seed Funding.

     
602 Albert Street — Strathroy, Ontario
602 Albert Street — Strathroy, Ontario new
At 12 units, the residence at 602 Albert Street isn’t big enough to dominate the landscape of Strathroy, Ontario, but it does offer well-designed affordable housing that blends in with the neighbourhood. It also has some nice touches.
West Grove Manor — Spruce Grove, Alberta
West Grove Manor — Spruce Grove, Alberta new
A private company has increased the supply of affordable rental housing in the Edmonton area with the construction of 103 affordable units in nearby Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Harvey Woods Lofts — Woodstock, OntarioHarvey Woods Lofts — Woodstock, Ontario new
A former factory building that closed in 1990 has re-opened in 2015 as a new, bright and comfortable 54-unit affordable  residence.
Co-operative Rayon de l’Avenir – Longueuil, QuebecCo-operative Rayon de l’Avenir — Longueuil, Quebec new
After making the final mortgage payment in 2015, the year it celebrated its 35th anniversary, the Co-operative Rayon de l’Avenir is now able to plan for major renovations of its 21 units.
Stars for Life Home and Resource Centre — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Stars for Life Home and Resource Centre — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Young adults with autism spectrum disorders have affordable and accessible supported housing in Charlottetown with two apartments for independent living and three supported living units that opened in 2011.
Ida Mae Marriott — Halifax, Nova Scotia Ida Mae Marriott — Halifax, Nova Scotia
A residential intensification project in Halifax Regional Municipality has more than tripled the number of affordable housing units available on a former school property.
Charlotte Court — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Charlotte Court — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Additional accessibility, new community space, and a unique heating system are among the features of the newly built Charlotte Court seniors residence in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, which opened in 2011.
Leduc Terrace: Connect Crossing — Leduc, Alberta Leduc Terrace: Connect Crossing — Leduc, Alberta
Four small municipalities south of Edmonton created 24 new units of affordable housing for low-income households in two buildings by pooling their resources with federal and provincial funding.
WestEnd Commons — Winnipeg, Manitoba WestEnd Commons — Winnipeg, Manitoba
For many neighbours living in a Winnipeg inner city neighbourhood, the quality affordable housing that is now being provided inside a revamped church is a rare find.
Concordia Village — Winnipeg, Manitoba Concordia Village — Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tim Ward feels extremely lucky to be living in Concordia Village IV, a new 45-unit affordable apartment building developed by a faith group in Winnipeg’s East Kildonan area.
Coopérative d’habitation — La Petite-Patrie, Montréal, Québec Coopérative d’habitation — La Petite-Patrie, Montréal, Québec
Coopérative d’habitation La Petite-Patrie has improved the quality of life for members by providing stable and affordable housing.
Coopérative d’habitation — Oasis Sauvé de Montréal Coopérative d’habitation — Oasis Sauvé de Montréal
Coopérative d’habitation Oasis Sauvé de Montréal: Member commitment shows positive impact on management and financial viability.
Harbourside Landing — Shelburne, Nova Scotia Harbourside Landing — Shelburne, Nova Scotia Video Video
With the opening of a new affordable housing project in rural Shelburne, seniors like Mary Lou Keith have the opportunity to stay in their community. Local volunteer committees and a non-profit housing organization work together to bring affordable seniors housing solutions to small communities in Atlantic Canada.
10186 Lajeunesse Street — Montréal, Quebec 10186 Lajeunesse Street — Montréal, Quebec Video Video
Richard Beaudry created affordable rental housing in a bustling Montreal neighbourhood, with assistance from CMHC.
Maison des Sourds — Montréal, Québec Maison des Sourds — Montréal, Québec Video Video
The deaf and deaf-blind community in Montreal have housing adapted to their needs thanks to several funders, including the governments of Canada and Québec.
Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region — Ottawa, Ontario Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region — Ottawa, Ontario Video Video
CMHC helped an Aboriginal family realize their dream of homeownership through the sponsorship of a Habitat for Humanity Build Day.
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
The City of Yorkton is saving money and providing better emergency services to its residents after building a new fire hall thanks to infrastructure improvements made possible by Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
Strathmore, Alberta
Strathmore, Alberta
Better quality drinking water is now being delivered to residents of Strathmore, a community just outside of Calgary, thanks in part to infrastructure improvements made possible by Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
Town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Residents of a growing community are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to infrastructure improvements made possible by Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
Imouto Housing for Young Women and the Recycled Shipping Container Project — Vancouver, British Columbia
Imouto Housing for Young Women and the Recycled Shipping Container Project — Vancouver, British Columbia Video Video
Recycled Shipping containers provide safe and affordable housing for women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Cohabitat Québec — Québec, Québec
Cohabitat Québec — Québec City, Québec Video Video
A unique project in downtown Québec City adopted cohousing principals to make housing more affordable and reduce operating costs.
Hartog House — Midland, Ontario
Hartog House — Midland, Ontario Video Video
This project offers safe and supportive housing to help residents transition to permanent affordable housing.
McPherson Place — Calgary, Alberta
McPherson Place — Calgary, Alberta Video Video
Thanks to a shared equity model offered by McPherson Place young workers like Zac have homeownership opportunities.
Maple Ridge Court — Triton, Newfoundland and Labrador
Maple Ridge Court — Triton, Newfoundland and Labrador Video Video
A local developer is helping to keep his small community vibrant, and families together with new affordable rental homes.
Veneto Place — Fernie, British Columbia
Veneto Place — Fernie, British Columbia
A partnership between Parastone Development (a private developer), Columbia Basin Trust, BC Housing, the City of Fernie and Fernie Family Housing Society resulted in the creation of Veneto Place. After years of uncertainty, Pete Peters now has a stable, affordable home.
The Perkins Centre — Hamilton, Ontario
The Perkins Centre — Hamilton, Ontario
The Perkins Centre provides affordable housing for people with disabilities, including mental illness. The converted building is a stable base for residents like Gord McPhail.
Stony Mountain Plaza — Wood Buffalo, Alberta
Stony Mountain Plaza — Wood Buffalo, Alberta
Rents at Stony Mountain Plaza are about 20 per cent less than the market rate. The project's innovative modular construction and heating systems helped to address some of the challenges of building in a remote community.
Sir Sam Steele, Habitat for Humanity Green Home — Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sir Sam Steele, Habitat for Humanity Green Home — Winnipeg, Manitoba
In 2011, Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg completed what it considers to be the greenest affordable housing development in both Manitoba and Canada.
Equity Building Program — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Equity Building Program — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
An innovative partnership between Affinity Credit Union and the City of Saskatoon, the Equity Building Program helps moderate-income families — like the Macatangays — buy a home by providing them with assistance for the down payment.
Aboriginal Housing Program — Habitat for Humanity Edmonton — Edmonton, Alberta
Aboriginal Housing Program — Habitat for Humanity Edmonton — Edmonton, Alberta
The Métis Capital Housing Corporation partnered with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and CMHC to renovate or rebuild five homes for Aboriginal households, with the help of community volunteers and the partner families.
Tony Wong Place — Markham, Ontario
Tony Wong Place — Markham, Ontario
A new, energy-efficient affordable housing project is making a positive difference for seniors, singles and families.
Loreen Place — Victoria, British Columbia
Loreen Place — Victoria, British Columbia
Thanks to the joint efforts of a non-profit group and a local philanthropist, lower income families have access to affordable and family-friendly housing.
Pembroke Mews — Victoria, British Columbia
Pembroke Mews — Victoria, British Columbia
There is new life — even in old warehouses. The non-profit and private sectors joined forces with government to create affordable housing for working adults, in a converted warehouse.
Flanders Court — Moncton, New Brunswick
Flanders Court — Moncton, New Brunswick
When Flanders Court first opened, one of its first residents was a 55-year-old man who had been living on the street for eight to ten years and battled with mental illness. At first, the adjustment was difficult for this new resident, but he soon settled in.
Madawan Place — Ottawa, Ontario
Madawan Place — Ottawa, Ontario
Liz McRae is happy to be living at Madawan Place. Liz is in remission from lung cancer and can’t be near fumes or exhaust, so she was glad to leave her old apartment which was located in central Ottawa.
Chapelview — Brampton, Ontario
Chapelview — Brampton, Ontario
Martinway Contracting Ltd. and its corporate sponsors, along with federal and provincial funding, created 200 new affordable, energy-efficient apartments for seniors and people with disabilities. Anne-Marie lives in one of the wheelchair-accessible apartments and is very happy there.
Apple Valley Seniors’ Housing — Kelowna, British Columbia
Apple Valley Seniors’ Housing — Kelowna, British Columbia
Debra Stanich lives in one of four wheelchair-accessible units at Apple Valley Seniors’ Housing. This unique project offers a blend of affordable and market rental housing for seniors.
Iosegun Manor — Fox Creek, Alberta
Iosegun Manor — Fox Creek, Alberta
Having an affordable place to live has made a big difference for Sue Hodges.
Sharbot Lake Seniors Residence — Township of Central Frontenac, Ontario
Sharbot Lake Seniors Residence — Township of Central Frontenac, Ontario
Seniors, like Ray Fletcher, living in a rural town have more options to stay in their community thanks to new, affordable housing.
Baker Gardens — Cranbrook, British Columbia
Baker Gardens — Cranbrook, British Columbia
Audrey Francis is grateful to have an affordable place to live after her husband passed away. Audrey is one of the first people to move into Baker Gardens, an affordable seniors' modular housing project. 
Whippletree West Housing Co-operative — Calgary, Alberta
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