In Brandon, Manitoba, the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation partnered with The Canadian Mental Health Association, the Brandon Friendship Centre, and Habitat for Humanity to redevelop a vacant and run-down downtown warehouse into a multi-income/purpose residential building for aboriginal families, homeowners, and persons with disabilities. Habitat for Humanity Brandon developed 14 units and sold them to qualified households. BFC owns 14 units and rents to low-to moderate income Aboriginal households. The CMHA owns 25 units and rents to low-to moderate income mental health clients, as well as 5 emergency shelter units funded under the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy. In addition to drawing on provincial and federal funds, cost savings were realized through partnerships with builders and suppliers.
The redevelopment cost of the existing building was estimated at 50% of new construction costs. (Total estimated project costs were $6,789,788. Federal and provincial contributions to the project were $2,140,000.) Value added benefits of the project include: a revitalized downtown core and diverse stakeholder engagement in affordable housing development and solutions in the city.
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