UCP open $10M supportive housing project started by NDP

Earlier this week, the UCP announced the opening of a supportive housing facility, a project announced by the NDP nearly 3 years ago.

Earlier this week, the Alberta government announced the opening of a supportive housing facility in Edmonton.

The 4006 m2 complex of 27 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom self-contained rental units rests on property that used to contain 5 single homes. The units will accommodate parents with children, as well as persons with developmental disabilities and their live-in caretakers. The facility will include 24/7 on-site staffing and additional tenant supports.

Developed by NiGiNan Housing Ventures, the new facility—named The Belvedere—will be operated by Right at Home Housing Society, which manages over 25 properties in Edmonton, housing more than 1,000 people.

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The complex was actually announced in 2018 by the NDP government, during a ribbon cutting ceremony for another affordable housing project in Edmonton. At the time, the NDP had committed $6 million to that project, The Belvedere, and a third project in Edmonton.

According to this week’s announcement, the provincial and federal governments jointly contributed $6 million for development of The Belvedere project, which employed over 70 people during construction. The City of Edmonton contributed $3 million.

The province claimed this week that “this project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.” Which is kind of weird, given that the project was announced in February 2018 and construction started that spring.

I wonder if there are any other capital projects started by the NDP that the UCP are claiming under their $10 billion in infrastructure spending.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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