As churches across Canada face the reality of dwindling congregations, a significant opportunity to invest in affordable housing has emerged. Congregations are looking to their buildings and sites as key resources to develop affordable housing and also as new streams of revenue to support their ongoing work. Churches are recognizing that affordable housing is well suited to their locations, in addition to being a key missional achievement of the United Church.
SvN is working with the United Church of Canada and CMHC to explore the potential for developing affordable housing projects for Church congregations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. SvN has completed preliminary development management studies for Immanuel United Church and Augustine United Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Wesley United Church in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. This work includes confirmation of the church’s missional objective, the local market demand, a proposed construction cost estimate, a real estate market evaluation, three schematic site and facility representations and a pro-forma statement. Additional development management plans are also proposed for Knox United Church and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church in Winnipeg.
SvN is currently establishing development teams with Immanuel United Church and Augustine United Church to realize their affordable housing projects.