Alberta unveiled 83 new units of affordable housing in Fort Saskatchewan Tuesday.
The building is aimed at seniors, individuals and families, according to Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services.
The building, Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court, is named in honour of former MLA and Fort Saskatchewan mayor Muriel Ross Abdurahman. It was built through a $6 million investment by the National Housing Strategy and the governments of Alberta and Canada.
“This new facility will provide affordable housing to many Fort Saskatchewan residents who need it and allow residents to stay in the community,” said Nixon. “The completion of this project is another meaningful step toward ensuring affordable housing options are available for all Albertans across the province.”
Tenants started moving into the building, which is owned and operated by Heartland Housing Foundation and was built using innovative and green techniques, this summer.
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“Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court was built using an innovative design that incorporates traditional wood construction and modular elements including shipping containers,” according to the province’s website. “It is an accessible and net-zero facility.”
MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, notes that the government will continue supporting the building of affordable and sustainable housing.
“The Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court affordable housing project will be a welcome addition to the Fort Saskatchewan community. I am proud to have secured provincial funding for this project and know that our government will continue to ensure housing affordability for all Albertans,” said Armstrong-Homeniuk.
She added the net-zero building adds value for the community in Fort Saskatchewan.
“This building will both help meet the growing need for local attainable housing options and exemplify how sustainable building practices can add value for our tenants and their community,” Armstrong-Homeniuk said.