Housing and Supports Downtown Building Opportunity
933 – 5th Avenue S.W.
This newly constructed, affordable housing building is owned and operated by HomeSpace and is located in the heart of downtown Calgary adjacent to the LRT. It will be ready for rental occupancy in late 2020. The building is a 7 storey, concrete construction with a total of 74 units. Each floor has 8 one bedroom and 2 studio units each with a full kitchen. Laundry is shared. The second floor features common space including a community kitchen and patio. Commercial and retail space are on the ground floor. There will be security at the front entrance and 24/7 staff on the premises.
Who is involved?
HomeSpace is an affordable housing provider who works with a variety of community agencies to help ensure that tenants in their buildings receive the supports that they need to live as independently as possible. In the Downtown building, HomeSpace has partnered with The Sinneave Family Foundation, Autism Calgary Association, and Autism Asperger’s Friendship Society to provide affordable housing and light support for up to 20 autistic adults.
What are the costs?
- Rent from $615 (studio) to $740 per month (one bedroom)
- $60.00/month utilities (free laundry)
- Light support from Autism Calgary and Autism Asperger’s Friendship Society is $60.00 per month and is a requirement of tenancy
What is light support?
Autism Calgary will provide monthly phone check-in’s and as needed, in-person support visits to answer questions, help solve problems and provide community navigation. Autism Asperger’s Friendship Society will offer a monthly social connection that may include social opportunities with others in the building or in the local community. Some support pets will be considered at the discretion of the landlord.
Is this building a good fit for me?
The HomeSpace Downtown building may be a good fit if you are an autistic adult who is looking for sustainable affordable housing and are independent but would benefit from regular social connection and the ability to obtain support from time to time. The building will also have tenants who are supported by other agencies for example, seniors.
I am interested, what is my next step?
The Sinneave Family Foundation, Housing and Supports Team are the entry point to this opportunity and will maintain an active wait list for this building.
Step 1: Contact the Sinneave Family Foundation, Housing and Supports Team and tell them you are interested in the HomeSpace Downtown building by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 681-4503. A quick screen and eligibility check list will be conducted by phone. For those who meet the criteria, a referral will be made to Autism Calgary.
Step 2. Autism Calgary Association will meet with you to discuss the level of support you need and if this building may be the right fit for you at this time.
Step 3: You will be offered a lease agreement and support agreement for your review if it seems that this opportunity is right for you.
Step 4: Occupancy is projected for late fall of 2020 and we will attempt to provide tours of the building.