Why is affordable housing good for everyone?
High housing and rental costs, coupled with a rising cost of living, is evolving the landscape of affordable housing in Calgary.
Slower to change, however, are common misconceptions around these developments and those who need them.
Take a second and think:
Who needs access to affordable housing?
(Hint: Any Calgarian who lives in a household earning less than $60,000 a year can benefit from affordable housing.)
What does affordable housing look like?
(Hint: It can be found in any neighbourhood and comes in all forms, styles and price points, from ownership and rental properties, to non-profit and subsidized housing.)
Who benefits from affordable housing?
(Hint: All Calgarians! Affordable housing leads to greater economic activity, a more stable workforce, and it also increases community involvement and pride.)
Dig In! with our panel of experts on Feb. 22 to explore:
- why Calgary lags behind the national average for affordable housing and how this issue is being addressed;
- the evolution of affordable housing in our city, from housing developments to the individuals who need access to them; and
- the broad-reaching benefits affordable housing has on the city and all residents.
Teresa Goldstein is the manager of Affordable Housing at the City of Calgary, as well as an adjunct professor with UCalgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Teresa leads a team in the development of new capital affordable housing projects and the implementation of the City’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy, Foundations for Home. She oversees the development of the City’s policies and programs to create and improve affordable housing opportunities locally. She is a member of Calgary’s Community Housing Affordability Collective and on the board of Silvera For Seniors, which offers affordable housing for older Calgarians. Teresa co-teaches the community planning studio at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design.
UCalgary alumnus John Harrop, MBA’04, is the president and CEO of Attainable Homes Calgary Corp (AHCC), a non-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary. AHCC works at the home-ownership end of the housing continuum, offering for-sale alternatives for Calgarians caught in the city’s growing affordability gap. John currently sits on the Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC) Steering Committee and Calgary Economic Development’s Real Estate Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Alberta Association of Architects.
UCalgary alumna Martina Jileckova, MEDes’08, is the CEO of Horizon Housing Society, a not-for-profit that provides housing to more than 700 Calgarians who face a range of barriers, including those with physical disabilities and mental health challenges, the working poor, seniors, and others. Through leadership roles with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and HomeSpace Society, Martina spearheaded one of the fastest expansions of an affordable housing operator in Alberta, growing from 11 units to 500 in just eight years. She serves as co-chair of the Community Housing Affordability Collective, provides leadership as chair for the National Housing Day Planning Committee and is a member of both the City’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council.