Cahdco had the pleasure of joining The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (FirstU)Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), and Theia Partners in announcing their upcoming housing development project on Cleary Avenue, unofficially titled “Odayanhaway”, a word in Ojibwe meaning “Little Village”.

Photo art: Bob Armstrong, FirstU Project partners standing on the proposed grounds for new affordable housing on the campus of First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. From left to right: Rev Eric Meter (Minister, FirstU), Rodney Wilts (Theia Partners), Brent Nicolle (Board president, FirstU), Cathy Connor (Director of Housing Development, OAHS), Justin Marchand (CEO, OAHS)

The development will have two new buildings; one consisting of 50 affordable housing units housing and the other a 16-story mixed market/affordable rental building.  OAHS would own and operate the larger building as homes for urban indigenous people while FirstU and Theia Partners would own and operate the market rental building.

The development has received significant interest. CBC News reported on this unique project and the Board President of FirstU discussed their vision further on “All in a Day” with Alan Neal on CBC Radio.

The Project started when Cahdco met with FirstU’s Campus Planning Committee to discuss the best way to create affordable housing on the church’s land. Graeme Hussey, Cahdco’s president, hosted workshops on affordable housing and introduced FirstU’s Board of Directors to Theia Partners and OAHS.

By understanding their values & priorities Cahdco was able to connect FirstU to the ideal partners that would work together in fulling their goals of creating affordable housing, working towards reconciliation and addressing climate change.

Cahdco has worked on a number of other projects with faith-based organizations. Such as partnering with Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and Christ Church Bells Corners to create Hollyer House, a 4-storey mixed affordable housing development. We hope to continue creating and fostering similar projects and partnerships.

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