Target clientele: Women and men who face the dual struggles of unstable housing/homelessness and avoiding addictive substances, often as a result of poverty, a low sense of self worth and mental health challenges.


Type of units: Studio suites, 223 and 342 square feet.

Number of residents/units: 40 studio suites (each include kitchen and washroom) to house 40 single individuals.


Type of building: Apartment, with significant common space for offices, supportive services, programming and community-building activities.


Capital cost: current estimate $6,100,000, including land.


Capital financing: Donors: $3,000,000; Government funding: $1,200,000, and mortgage financing: $1,900.000 (with every effort to be mortgage free)


Operating financing: Payments from residents 
(assuming maximum EIA/Rent Assist rates), donations from individuals, gifts-in-kind, grants, other donors.

Location: land has been purchased at 307/315 Talbot Avenue in Elmwood and is being prepared for the project.


Operating partner: Riverwood Church Community

Offering significant supports and neighbourhood programming for 20 years in Elmwood.


Supports to be provided to tenants: On-site program staff; partnership with Finding Freedom (recovery program); health supports from WRHA (not yet negotiated); an environment of shared community facilitated by staff; professional and supportive services provided by partnering organizations (ie: counseling / support groups), personal supports provided by volunteers, and a focus on peer supports.


Project team: Don Kroeker (Chairperson); Eileen Kroeker (Secretary); Peter Hargraves (Sputnik Architecture); Jon Courtney (Operations - Community Pastor of Riverwood); John David Pankratz (Vice Chair and Project coordinator) Steve Neufeld (Capital Campaign Co-Chair) Stephanie Toews, (Accountant, Riverwood Church Community).


Time-line: We expect to have a confirmation from City Council by September 2019; confirmation of Government funding by late 2019; and start building in spring of 2020 for completion by spring of 2021.



Close proximity to parks and green spaces

Grocery stores within walking distance

Access to social services

Walkable community

Multiple transit stops available


Secure bicycle storage

Generous private courtyard, patio, & garden

Private suite with kitchen & bathroom


-    Wheelchair accessible units on all floors

-    Secure bicycle storage

-    Shared laundry

-    Large common area & kitchen for dining and group events

-    Large outdoor patio

-    Private courtyard and green space with community garden

-    Recovery counsellors on staff

-    Private meeting rooms

-    Parking & loading available

-    Internet & Cable

-    Secure locked gated entry

-    LED lighting throughout

-    Exterior lighting adds safety

-    Very durable exterior finishes including stucco and metal

-    Existing commercial space (TBD)

-    Shared living room on each floor for community gatherings

-    Large common room and lounge on main floor

-    Solarium on 4th floor with ample solar gain

High insulation value & air exchanger for maximum efficiency

High density sound deadening insulation in both walls and floor below

Safe and secure facility


-    Ample natural light with french balconies

-    Open floor concept

-    Internet & Cable

-    Air exchanging unit for better efficiency

-    Efficient bedroom, bathroom, & kitchen

Cook Top


Washing machine

Clothes dryer

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