Homeward Trust Edmonton

Homeward Trust Edmonton

December 14, 2009 18:09 ET

Homeward Trust Edmonton: Construction Begins for Supportive Affordable Housing Project: Iris Court

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA) is excited to announce their Ground Breaking Ceremony on December 16, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site is located at 9336-107A Ave. This event will mark the start of construction to build a 21 unit long term supportive apartment building for adults with schizophrenia or a related mental illness.

The SSA is a registered charity established in 1980. The organization focuses on advocacy, education, self-help and support of research in their efforts to improve the lives of those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.

"We are thrilled to break ground on Iris Court, the first housing project of its kind in Edmonton," said June Finlay, Iris Court Building Committee President. "The construction of this facility is a major step in addressing the need for safe, affordable housing in our community and in improving the lives of those living with mental illness in Edmonton."

When complete, Iris Court will consist of 21 self-contained single person suites, a common area with an adjoining kitchen, and an administrative reception area. The facility will have 24-hour, on-site health professionals to monitor and support the needs of the clients.

The total cost for the project is estimated at $5.0 million. Homeward Trust-through funds from the City of Edmonton's Cornerstones Initiative and the Government of Canada's Homeless Partnering Strategy-allocated a total of $2.4 million toward land purchase and construction of Iris Court. The Government of Alberta invested an additional $2.5 million through the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative. The remaining funds were contributed by The Stollery Charitable Foundation, REALTORS Community Foundation and All Weather Windows.

"This project will help more Albertans to live and age in the right place for their needs, in their community and close to family and friends," said Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Seniors and Community Supports. "The Alberta government funding for this project reflects a continued commitment to helping those most in need. Iris Court is also part of the province's Continuing Care Strategy to improve the quality, supply and choice in the continuing care system for Albertans."

"Our government is delivering on its commitment to help those who are facing mental health and homelessness challenges," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local problems. Working together, we can help our most vulnerable citizens find a place to call home as well as find the supports they need to become more self-sufficient. "

"We are excited to support the Schizophrenia Society in their housing efforts. The people that they serve often face challenges in securing and maintaining housing, and whether they were previously homeless or at high risk of homelessness, the residents of Iris Court can live confidently knowing they have a safe affordable home." Said Susan McGee, Executive Director, Homeward Trust "We know there is a high need for more housing for those suffering with mental illness and this is a very important step in meeting our community's needs."

Homeward Trust is a not-for-profit organization that uses a community-based approach toward the goal of ending homelessness in Edmonton. Its primary role is to coordinate response to housing needs by working together with local agencies and all orders of government.

Contact Information

  • Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
    Robin Telasky
    Director of Communications and Major Initiatives
    (780) 238-9111
    Homeward Trust Edmonton
    Susan McGee
    Executive Director
    (780) 496-2630 or Cell: (780) 905-1232