Fort Saskatchewan residents with low income will soon have a new option for safe, modern and affordable housing, thanks to support from the Alberta government.
The province is investing $6 million toward an affordable housing project in Fort Saskatchewan. The new development is expected to provide around 83 one- and two-bedroom units for families and seniors with low income.
“Our government is helping ensure Fort Saskatchewan residents do not have to leave the community they love to find housing they can afford. When this project is complete, people living in the community will have more options for a safe and affordable place to call home.”
~Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing
The four-storey apartment building will be built on land donated by the City of Fort Saskatchewan, located adjacent to the new Dr. Turner Lodge. It will ensure people living on low income, in or near Fort Saskatchewan, can stay in their community.
“On behalf of the City of Fort Saskatchewan, I thank the Government of Alberta for their investment in our community and support of affordable housing for our residents.”
~Gale Katchur, mayor, City of Fort Saskatchewan
Currently in the design stage, the project will aim for energy efficiency and feature some accessible units and modern fire-suppression and safety systems.
“There is a long-standing need for affordable housing within this sub-region, and especially in the community of Fort Saskatchewan. This funding from the Alberta government, as well as the generous gift of land from the City of Fort Saskatchewan, are important first steps toward meeting that need. I am excited to see what we will be able to accomplish as we work together to serve this community.”
~Nancy Simmonds, executive director, Heartland Housing Foundation
The Alberta government’s $6-million contribution is part of the $1.2-billion commitment in the Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy to develop a sustainable, affordable housing system and build and restore 4,100 affordable housing units.