Alberta invests $340,000 into Joey's Home to build more supportive housing for people with disabilities

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Joey’s Home, a permanent supportive housing project named after one of the Edmonton Oilers greatest fans, is poised for upgrades and expansion thanks to provincial dollars.

The province on Tuesday pledged $340,000 through the Affordable Housing Partnership Program (AHPP) which will create five new supportive housing units at the 11115 132 St. site to open in 2025. Some of the dollars will also be used to renovate Joey’s Home Mindful Hearts Memory Care Centre in north central Edmonton.

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Adam Walker, Joey Moss’s nephew, described his late uncle as a hard-working person who woke up every day with love to give. And after Walker watched the Oilers clinch their spot at the Western Conference Final on Monday night, he could only envision how Moss would have reacted, high-fiving players, cheering louder than anyone else.

“I truly just believe that Joey was such a kind, gentle person and he gave so much hope to everybody else to, you know, just keep his head down and love, and or just be Joey,” Walker said.

Established in 2007, Joey’s Home, a housing project under the Winnifred Stewart Association, opened with a mission to help individuals with diverse needs.

Moss, who worked as an Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Elks staff member for more than three decades, was beloved for his service to the teams and also for his advocacy for people with disabilities. Moss, a long-time resident with Down syndrome, passed away in 2020 at age 57.

The provincial funding for Joey’s Home will provide 17 specialized housing units for individuals with intellectual disabilities and dementia-related needs.

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“Joey touched the hearts of fans, players and staff with his infectious positivity and his commitment to the game. I always remember when he would come and visit us at the legislature before games, when he was still with us, we just always enjoyed seeing him up there in the speaker gallery, but Joey truly was more than just a figure around sports. He was a champion of people with disabilities and a beloved member of Edmonton’s community,” said Seniors, Community and Social Services Minister Jason Nixon on Tuesday.

Nixon also commended Winnifred Stewart Association staff.

Emily Ruttan, Winnifred Stewart Association CEO, said they are grateful to the province for more support to increase “levels of inclusion and independence” in the community.

“This investment is critical to meeting the demand for affordable specialized housing like that offered at Joey’s Home. Diverse communities make for richer neighbourhoods and this contribution enriches lives,” she said.

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