It's no secret. Calgary is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Thousands of people are waiting for a place they can afford to call home. With nowhere to turn, many end up in emergency shelters. There is an urgent need for new options as our city continues the fight to end homelessness.
The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society (the Society) wants to continue to be part of the solution to the homeless crisis by providing safe, secure and appropriate housing for Calgarians.
Our project would transform a hotel in northeast Calgary into an apartment building. Centre 4800 is not an emergency shelter. It will provide long-term, supportive housing for Calgarians.
Centre 4800 will be home to good folks who are in need of stable, supportive housing. Several units will also be available to the general public.
People who live around Centre 4800 have provided constructive feedback during more than 70 community engagement activities, which has helped shape our vision.
There is an urgent need for affordable housing options in Calgary. Our building currently sits empty, as hundreds of Calgarians sit on wait lists, and continue to rely on emergency shelters.
Our appeal of the Calgary Planning Commission's decision goes before the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board on March 22, 2016.
Help us make a difference. By adding your voice today, you will be part of the solution and help change lives.
We see firsthand many Calgarians who have no homes, and others who are at risk of losing their homes.
We believe it is critical that we all work together to end this crisis in our community, and Centre 4800 is part of the solution.
"The last time we tried this was before the oil industry went bust. I hope now there will be a bit more sympathy."
"I am a Thorncliffe resident and I support having low income and supported living housing at this location."
"This centre can be a valuable addition to the community resources available for people in need."
"We should never allow prejudice against any group to determine where people are allowed to live. If we start by stating that currently homeless people cannot live in the area, then it could pave the way for segregation based on colour, religion, etc. No prejudice should be allowed to even play a part in this decision. Someone saying they don't want homeless people around is the equivalent to stating they don't want Muslim people around. The prejudice is merely based on class rather than religion."
"I thought this was to have been done a long time ago? What's the hold up? If we can afford refugees, we can afford to help our own first, come on! First you fix what's broken."
"I get help from Calgary Housing. It's still hard with rent even though it's deposited in my account. I have a son who has a severe disability who has to take pills that cost over $300 per month. I have proof of the bills if I could please get more help with housing that's deductible from my wage. I only was lucky to get housing because I went to the women's emergency shelter with my son years ago when he was a toddler. I would like help to move somewhere that's not costly and not an old building. With my sons disability it is very hard with neighbors when they have no sympathy when he's emotional and it is heard in the building. It's very embarrassing."
"Totally absurd that the NIMBYs have ruled so far and that this building is still unoccupied by those who could certainly use the accommodations. Is it just going to be left for "demolition by weather?"
"Let's give people some dignity and a hand up!"
"I live a couple of blocks from Centre 4800 and I think it is a fantastic idea! Please don't let the NIMBY attitudes of some of my neighbours stop this worthwhile project from moving ahead."
"This is my neighborhood and I support this!"
"I support affordable housing for low income family and homeless. Canada should give priority to the poor and the homeless."
"I get to be around my peers. It's nice to be around people working towards the same goals."
"Staff are there if we need them. They are there to catch us before we fall."
"Everybody should have a home."
"It would be an asset to the community. It's also important housing for me."
"I work. I need a place to sleep. I don't need much else."
"It's more than a place to sleep. It's dignity."
"Moving in here was the next big step for me to move forward."
"The building is much nicer now than it was before – much nicer. It was ugly before, run down and dirty. Now look. It's clean and the people are very nice and quiet. I have never had any problems with anyone in that building since [the Drop-In] took over. People shouldn't worry. We once worried about this, but we are all glad now that they are here."