Canada’s first Homes for Heroes village provides affordable transitional housing for homeless veterans. I am working with the Canadian Legacy Project to build a veteran’s village in the BC Lower mainland. Here is a link to check it out! https://homesforheroesfoundation.ca/
The Calgary project is an exciting initiative as it meets the planning requirements many jurisdictions require today of new developments. Specifically, green spaces and affordable/subsidized housing. The brilliant minds behind this first Homes for Heroes village have created a solution that meets all stakeholders’ needs.
The project is a fantastic prototype for BC Developers in Calgary that meets municipal planning requirements for green spaces, affordable housing and provides desperately needed homes to a vulnerable population.
Homelessness has been part of the veteran story in Canada for far too long, and I am excited to part of a workable solution. Homeless veterans will now be able to create a safe space they can heal in and rebuild their lives with on-site support.
One of the things I love about this is that it forces the veteran to do normal life things. Like pay rent (taken from the veteran’s benefit); cook and shop for food; build a social network; pay bills. All the things we take for granted can be impossible for an injured person to master.
One of the things I see too often on social media is “Why don’t they just get a job?”. How is a homeless person going to get a job when they have no access to the internet, no address for mail, no ability to dress for an interview? All the things it takes to find a job are things a homeless person does not have. This village solves all that.
The houses are tiny, designed for one person to maintain with ease. It forces order into their lives again. Slowly, it retrains the individual and allows them to return to civilian life with coping skills.
If you know of a developer, municipal or provincial leader who would like to know more, please get in touch!