The Mustard Seed Canora Centre
The Mustard Seed Edmonton’s Canora Centre is a new supportive housing building that will offer residents affordable housing with wrap-around supports. Located at 10158/10162 155 Street NW, Canora Centre will provide much needed supportive housing units to those experiencing poverty and homelessness on the west side. The building will also host a community hub where community members can access advocacy, housing supports, showers, laundry facilities, and community-focused activities and events.
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Canora Centre FAQS
WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR THIS PROJECT, WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES THE MUSTARD SEED HAVE?
Edmonton’s Updated Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness identified the need for 900 more supportive housing units.
According to Homeward Trust, a not-for-profit organization committed to ending homelessness in Edmonton, there are currently more than 3,100 individuals without appropriate and adequate housing, with 1,300 Edmontonians sleeping outside or in emergency shelters on any given night. Homelessness has more than doubled in Edmonton since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mustard Seed is currently and successfully operating two Supportive Housing projects as well as housing focused shelters within Edmonton. Our proposed housing development will aid in the established need by creating 38 suites that will help connect those in need to community supports and provide affordable, supportive homes for those experiencing homelessness and poverty.
WHERE IS THE SPACE AND WHY WAS IT CHOSEN?
The proposed West End Housing Project is located at 10158/10162 155 Street NW.
The Mustard Seed has been operating the Christian Care Centre - a small drop-in location at 10137 150 St NW – for several years. In 2021, the Christian Care Centre has seen an average of 95 unique individuals accessing the community space per day. The proposed project will utilize our experience serving the community only a few blocks away from the proposed project site to purpose-build housing and community space that will be supportive to the demonstrated need.
WHAT IS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING?
Supportive Housing is a housing philosophy that combines affordable housing with wrap-around supports to ensure that residents can maintain stable housing and meet their goals of wellness and self-sufficiency. It is an alternative housing model that diligently works to prevent re-entry into homelessness or extreme poverty and reduce a resident's reliance on other social services such as the health care system, child welfare, and police and judicial systems.
Supportive housing is not a shelter, bridge housing, halfway house, or any other type of temporary accommodation. It is long-term housing with 24/7 supports. Residents sign a lease and pay rent and have a permanent, safe home.
WHO WILL BE SELECTED TO LIVE IN THIS HOUSING?
The Mustard Seed’s Canora Centre is proposing 38 units of supportive housing, where residents will be provided with the necessary support to succeed at maintaining tenancy, including services to promote health, wellness, and life skills development. An important consideration for maintaining tenancy is affordability, which is why 100% of the units in this project will be maintained as affordable housing.
- To qualify for residence in the housing programs, potential residents must meet the following criteria:
- Residents must be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Residents must be able to provide proof of income to pay all required rent and utilities
- Residents must understand, sign, and comply with the Residential Services Agreement, House Rules, and Expectations of their tenancy
- Residents must be willing and able to care for themselves physically, mentally, medically, hygienically and/or have supports in place to aid with their self-care
WHAT IS THE MUSTARD SEED?
The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Our vision is to eliminate homelessness and reduce poverty where we serve. Our mission is to build hope and wellbeing for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love. Operating in five cities across Alberta and British Columbia, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence. We have been an agent of change for more than three decades, thanks to our donors, volunteers, and support from the community.
WHAT SAFETY MEASURES DOES THE MUSTARD SEED HAVE IN PLACE?
Safety is The Mustard Seed’s number one priority in operating programming. Our programming works to create a safe and supportive space for all members of the program – clients, residents, staff, volunteers, and the greater community. Policies and procedures we have in place for safety and security include:
- Security cameras
- FOB systems
- Fire Safety and Emergency Plans
- Incident Reports
- Visitor Management Policies
WHAT SUPPORTS WILL BE PROVIDED TO RESIDENTS TO ENSURE THEIR CONTINUED HOUSING STABILITY?
The Mustard Seed’s Canora Centre will offer a continuum of wrap around supports, designed to promote, and foster wellness and sustainable living, by engaging and empowering tenants to access services that best meet their identified needs. This model provides an integrated approach with a principal focus on building meaningful relationships with other tenants, staff, community members, and the neighbourhood.
Four primary components comprise the platform of service provision. At the core are direct housing supports which will be services dedicated to meeting the direct needs and fostering success of tenants living in the building. The success of direct housing supports will be reliant and bolstered by the three other key components. Community hub services are an existing support offered at this site and will be fundamental in connecting those in the housing program with the community, maintaining and creating relationships that will be integral to their housing and wellness.
On-site services not provided by housing staff, or the community hub will be complemented by in-reached services embracing both internal and external agency services. Lastly, referrals, and assistance in maintaining supports with other community services will serve to promote a holistic and inclusive support system for tenants.
WILL THERE BE AN AVENUE FOR ME TO DISCUSS
For questions/comments on programming and engagement opportunities:
- Megan Schuring, Director of Community Development
For questions/comments on permitting and approval processes:
- Taylor Kawaguchi, Project Manager
Stay tuned for additional community engagement opportunities