July 13, 2005

Housing Project in Alberta

A new housing project is being developed in central Alberta, Canada. The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is buying a building in Red Deer to provide affordable housing to 12 people with schizophrenia and other chronic mental illnesses. This seems like a model that other advocacy groups might pursue also - given that the issue of affordable housing is one of the most difficult challenges that people with schizophrenia face in North America.

"Tenants will be able to live in eight existing suites in the building, while the Schizophrenia Society will occupy a commercial space. Tenants will be able to stay as long as they like. A worker from the Schizophrenia Society will provide support to the tenants. As well, a mentor living on the premises will offer guidance" (The Canadian Press, 2005).

Many people with debilitating mental illnesses struggle with finding affordable housing and a landlord that will be understanding of their situation. In the worst situations those with debilitating mental disorders are forced to live in the streets because of a combination of these factors. The mentally ill comprise about a third of the homeless population.

The Schizophrenia Society has taken out a mortgage and will be raising the funds needed for the renovation that will need to be done on the Lovella building. The total cost of the building is $440,000. Any and all "revenues" that go over the cost needed to maintain and operate this housing facility will go to support programs and future housing such as this.

The source of this article is The Canadian Press.

Posted by christine at July 13, 2005 01:54 PM

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I found the article on this website on affordable housing in Red Deer for people suffering from schizophrenia.
As the parent of a son who suffers from this terrible illness I have been asked to sit as a volunteer member of our Regional Mental Health Committee, and after careful consideration have decided to accept the position.
Supervised accomodation has always been a problem for my son so I found this article very interesting. The need for an affordable residential program is huge and with the coming of Bill 31 later this year (hopefully) this is surely one of the best ways to implement Community Orders
I would welcome more information on the outcome of this project. If anyone would care to contact me my email is pen_witch@hotmail.com

thank you, Joan

Posted by: Joan at May 24, 2008 02:45 PM

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