United Church of Canada Affordable Housing

Location
Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Client
United Church of Canada

Date
2015

Overview

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.

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Expertise

Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
Our team conducts research and creates strategy for government and non-government clients on a wide range of economic development issues. This includes strengthening, broadening and diversifying the economic base of regions, cities and towns and accelerating development through improvements to land use, urban design, planning policy and governance.