Homeward Trust Edmonton

Homeward Trust Edmonton
The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society

November 19, 2009 15:55 ET

Edmonton Inner City Housing Society Celebrates Grand Opening of Homebase

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2009) - Edmonton Inner City Housing Society is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Homebase at 12223-97 Street in Edmonton. This building is a 26 unit walk up apartment and will provide a permanent affordable home to low-income individuals and couples.

Edmonton Inner City Housing Society (EICHS) is a charity, committed to providing affordable, long term and supportive housing for individuals and families who have low income and reside in Edmonton's Inner City. Currently, EICHS owns and manages 15 housing projects.

As with all Edmonton Inner City Housing Society Projects, the Society is committed to owning and operating Homebase as an affordable housing project for at least 25 to 40 years. It will provide our city with much needed affordable housing, and at the same time serve to help overcome the homelessness situation in our city.

The programme, beginning at 11:40, will include speakers from EICHS, the funding organizations and two orders of government. We are pleased to announce that His Worship, Mayor Stephen Mandel will provide greetings from the City and Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj MLA Edmonton-Ellerslie will speak on behalf of the Province. The event runs from 11am-1pm.

Funding for this project, which amounts to approximately $4.8 million, was provided in collaboration with many partners. A special thanks to the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Community Foundation, Edmonton Region Homebuilders Charity, the Government of Alberta, Homeward Trust Edmonton, Stollery Charitable Foundation, and Vinterra Properties Inc.

"Congratulations to the Edmonton Inner City Housing Society on the grand opening of Homebase." said Alberta's Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Yvonne Fritz. "These new apartments are more than just a safe and affordable place to live. They are the key to a better life for the individuals and couples that will call them home."

"As a long-standing supporter of Edmonton Inner City Housing Society, we are thrilled to see them open another project," said Susan McGee, Executive Director of Homeward Trust Edmonton. "We have allocated funding for 11 of EICHS' projects which have resulted, or will result in, the creation of 118 units. These units are an important addition to our city's housing stock and take us one step closer to achieving the targets in the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness."

"Giving back is an important part of what our Association stands for. Supporting non-profit housing initiatives like Home Base is our way of giving back to a community that has done so much to support us over the years," said Guy St. Germain, President for the Canadian Home Builders' Association-Edmonton Region. "We are so proud to have been part of this project."

"The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society was one community resource that the late Bob Stollery (our founder) supported with enthusiasm. He had a solid business background and loved construction projects, so in his opinion the idea that new homes could be built was really a win for everyone involved," said Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Stollery Charitable Foundation. "Bob's instincts told him that there were sound business practices behind this initiative, so he got on board early."Graham said, "The Stollery Charitable Foundation is proud to work in partnership with other funders and supporters, but we're MOST pleased that many people will now have a new home".

"Edmonton Community Foundation has been providing support to Edmonton Inner City Housing Society for many years, and we continue to be impressed with the projects they undertake in our community," said Martin Garber-Conrad, CEO of the Edmonton Community Foundation, "ECF is pleased to support - along with other funding partners - this newest housing initiative. Affordable housing is one of the Foundation's priorities as part of our mandate to improve the quality of life for all Edmontonians."

Contact Information

  • Edmonton Inner City Housing Society
    Cam McDonald
    Executive Director
    (780) 423-1339 or Cell: (780) 983-0718
    Homeward Trust Edmonton
    Susan McGee
    Executive Director
    (780) 496-2630 or Cell: (780) 905-1232