Client: Multi-Faith Housing Initiative
Status: Occupancy in 2021
MHI’s mission as an organization is to ensure that all people have safe, affordable and continuous housing. Seeing a gap in housing for veterans, MHI took the opportunity to create Veterans House. Veterans House is a housing first development located at the former Rockcliffe Base, now owned by Multifaith Housing Initiative. The project was a reaction to the growing need for housing and support services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness. There is an emphasis on communal spaces designed to meet the needs of the military culture. Outdoor space includes quiet sitting areas, as well as space to accommodate the needs of tenants with service dogs. This project has a multitude of government and non-governmental partners that work together to support the functioning of Veterans House and its tenants.
VETERANS’ HOUSE PARTNERS – MULTIFAITH OUSING INITIATIVE
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Client: Cornerstone Housing for Women
Status: Completed in 2018
With their roots starting in a church basement, Cornerstones mission is to ensure that all women in need have a place in support services, programs, and housing. This mission led Cornerstone to Princeton, a supportive housing project containing 42 studios and one respite room at the former Jeanne D’Arc building. The transformation of the existing building as an affordable supportive housing facility for women preserves the legacy of the Sisters who originally owned the building. Cornerstone Princeton is home to the charity’s Indigenous and Cultural Services Program, meaning that more than 20% of residents are Indigenous and uniquely supported.
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Client: The King’s Daughters and Sons Apartments Inc
Status: Completed 2019
KDS has a long-standing stake in affordable housing, driven by their mission to provide seniors in need with affordable rental accommodations. Their original building was constructed in 1964 with 70 units for seniors. The new building extension, KDS Village, added 58 new units which are comprised of 10 fully barrier-free units and 16 adaptable units to meet changing mobility needs of tenants. The project aims to address aging in place and facilitates independent living in an established downtown neighbourhood. Through partnerships, KDS aims to provide health support services for residents through recreational programs and health clinics. This 6 and a half-storey project was designed by CSV Architects and is LEED Platinum certified.
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Christ Church Bell’s Corners
Client: Christ Church Bell’s Corners
Statues: In Construction
Christ Church Bell’s Corners’ (CCBC) mission as a church makes them a strong advocate for social rights, partnering with a multitude of organizations around Ottawa. It was a natural inclination for CCBC to propose converting their parking lot into a 35-unit, mixed community, affordable housing development. Cornerstone will provide administrative and property management services for the building. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and FAMSAC Food Cupboard will be tenant partners, with purpose-built space on the ground floor of the building to create a community service hub. The Community Resource Centre will also provide supports to tenants of ten units reserved for women referred by Cornerstone and Chrysalis House, a shelter for women escaping violence. The site is seen as a community hub.