Alberta announces $1 million in funding for first-of-its-kind veterans’ housing project in Edmonton

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Each home is under 300 square-feet, but will be furnished with all the appliances of a larger home.

David Howard, president of the Homes for Heroes Foundation, said there are as many as 5,000 veterans experiencing homelessness across Canada, which is why the non-profit began its work three years ago.

Gerald Jackman, board chair at Homes for Heroes Foundation, said they are witnessing the successful transition of veterans back into civilian life because they had a home and wrap-around support services.

“Tiny home villages are more than just a housing-first solution,” said Jackman.

The Edmonton village will help veterans get access to special services and individualized support plans, training and counselling through a resource centre and onsite counsellor’s office.

UCP MLA for Leduc-Beaumont and the government’s military liaison Brad Rutherford said new homes can help veterans build stable lives in the community.

“The Veterans Service Centre can provide a new start, but it starts with a new home,” said Rutherford.

In addition to the $1.1 million from Alberta, the $4.5 million-project has received $2.3 million from corporate and private donors, as well as $1.1 million in land from the City of Edmonton.

Last year, the Homes for Heroes foundation had its lease rate on the small parcel of land approved by the City of Edmonton at $1 dollar per year for 20 years.

In a government news release, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said he was pleased the city took a leadership role in the project.

The project will create about 32 jobs.

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