Merger seen as the way forward

A change may be on the way on how affordable housing projects are delivered in Red Deer.

A change may be on the way on how affordable housing projects are delivered in Red Deer.

An Alberta Municipal Affairs and City of Red Deer report entitled, The Way Forward, is suggests amalgamating two housing bodies to better serve the community.

The Red Deer Housing Authority and the Piper Creek Foundation are both under ministerial order to provide housing.

The housing authority administers 309 community housing units located in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail. They consist of duplexes, townhouses, single family houses, a 26 suite apartment building, and a 10 suite apartment building.

The foundation specifically provides affordable housing for seniors of modest means.

The report says the province and the city have been considering options and as a result this has “created a heightened level of uncertainty among the organizations.”

“This position of uncertainty is leading to angst and confusion; it is critical that all players come together to have a discussion about the future of housing delivery in Red Deer.”

An ad-hoc strategy team for the two levels of government has been struck on the issue. It created the report and is suggesting holding further talks with both housing bodies.

The ad-hoc team believes that citizens will benefit from a unified body because a single point of entry decreases confusion among citizens and increases opportunities to leverage resources.

Red Deer city council will consider the report for approval on Monday.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer record store celebrates its last Record Store Day

The Soundhouse, a guitar and record shop in downtown Red Deer, closes its doors next Saturday

WATCH: On 4—20 Day in Red Deer, marijuana users say legal weed a long time coming

Not wanting to wait for the federal government to legalize recreational marijuana,… Continue reading

Former Central Alberta MLA appealing fine for not protecting a list of 20,000 electors

List included names and addresses of voters in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Proposed Alberta legislation would protect consumers

Alberta Utilities Commission would be given power to penalize natural gas and electricity providers

Red Deer beginning two major construction projects

Ross Street’s 1935-era water main to be replaced and 67th Street roundabout landscaped

WATCH: Central Alberta bouldering competition

Central Alberta climbers looked to prove they’re the best at a competition… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer RCMP and Emergency Services play for Humboldt

Red Deer police officers and firefighters laced up their skates to raise… Continue reading

WATCH: Flooding closes portion of Red Deer’s 43 Street

A portion of 43 Street in Red Deer was closed Saturday morning… Continue reading

After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth to attend pop concert for 92nd birthday

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth is marking her 92nd birthday with a Saturday… Continue reading

‘Such a great person:’ Funeral being held for assistant coach with Broncos

STRASBOURG, Sask. — Mark Cross was a ferocious competitor when he played… Continue reading

UPDATE: Missing Innisfail woman located

A 54-year-old Innisfail woman, who had not been seen since Wednesday, has… Continue reading

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves, Jets beat Wild in Game 5 to advance to Round 2

WINNIPEG — Bryan Little’s teammates were happy they could deliver something special… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month