Having a home is an important part of feeling a sense of belonging, but it is also something some people are not able to afford. Affordable housing provides a solution, but there are some common misconceptions about that type of housing, including Centre 4800.
Centre 4800 is another emergency homeless shelter
Reality: Centre 4800 is not an emergency homeless shelter, the building will be used as an apartment building that will provide permanent supportive housing, as well as units that will be rented at market value. The building will be fully accessible for seniors and people with disabilities, and staff will be present 24/7 to support the residents. This project will build on the success of our other affordable housing buildings located in Bridgeland and downtown Calgary.
The people living there will be drug addicts and criminals
Reality: A variety of tenants will be welcomed at Centre 4800, including families, seniors and people with disabilities. All prospective residents will go through our standard residential building screening process and will agree to a defined code of conduct.
This will increase the crime in the neighbourhood
Reality: There are no studies to back up this common myth about affordable housing, in fact, most studies show that affordable housing ‘increases neighbourhood cohesion and encourage cooperation in ridding communities of criminal activity.’ Centre 4800 will be filled with people who want to be a part of the community and belong once again.
It will drive down property values
Reality: Research in Alberta has shown that affordable housing does not have a negative impact on home prices and property values do not vary over time due to the presence of affordable housing. Diverse housing in a neighbourhood has been shown to increase sustainability of ‘schools, businesses and community organizations.’
The community has not been consulted
Reality: We are committed to engaging and listening to the community and over the last three years, we have initiated and participated in more than 70 community engagement activities. We have adjusted the plans for Centre 4800 based on feedback from the community and working with community partners.