The governments of Alberta and Canada are supporting new affordable housing with more capacity and supports for Sherwood Park and area seniors.

The new Clover Bar Lodge replaces the original lodge property with modernized amenities and greater capacity with 144 one-bedroom units. Residents began moving into the facility in January.

The total project created approximately 240 jobs.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen, and Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon celebrated the grand opening of the new lodge. The governments of Alberta and Canada provided $32.4 million for the Clover Bar Lodge project.

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Investments like this one right here in Sherwood Park for Clover Bar Lodge demonstrate our government’s commitment to providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving seniors, while helping create good middle-class jobs and stimulate the economy.”

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Minister responsible for CMHC

Since 2011 and to March 2019, most of the federal funding for affordable housing has been provided through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH).

“The beautiful, modern Clover Bar Lodge development will provide more services and supports to help meet the needs of seniors in Sherwood Park and area now and for years to come. Alberta’s government is working hard to address the need for affordable seniors housing in our communities.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy, an ambitious 10-year, $55-billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.

“Alberta’s government is keeping their promise to support new affordable housing for seniors in Sherwood Park. The new Clover Bar Lodge will be an asset to our community and to our resident seniors.”

Jordan Walker, MLA for Sherwood Park

The National Housing Strategy is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and ongoing engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

“The opening of the new Clover Bar Lodge is a success for Strathcona County and will allow seniors to live safe and independently within their own community. We are excited to see this project complete and residents moving in. Council would like to thank all involved in making this project a reality for those who live there or in future will call the lodge home.”

Rod Frank, mayor, Strathcona County

Under the Investment in Affordable Housing, provinces and territories are responsible for choosing the programs they design and deliver. IAH also has the flexibility to invest in a range of affordable housing programs to meet local needs and pressures.

“Our goal was to build a new lodge that would be a modern, safe, and comfortable home for seniors in need of affordable supportive housing. The entire building was designed with wellness, community, and comfort in mind. We are proud that the collaboration between Shunda, Berry Architecture, and Heartland Housing Foundation leadership ensured that we were able to bring this project to the finish line – despite the pandemic – on time and within budget. We would like to thank our funders from all levels of government, as well as our philanthropic supporters, for making this possible, and to our staff and residents for their enthusiasm and cooperation throughout the process.”

Nancy Simmonds, CEO, Heartland Housing Foundation

The Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Housing fosters the development of affordable housing and supports access to housing options for Albertans most in need. The ministry works with seniors, their families and caregivers, Albertans who require housing supports and communities and other government partners. A more detailed description of the ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at alberta.ca/seniors-and-housing.

Learn more about Alberta’s affordable housing programs.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

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