Local Calgary Non Profit

Origin: May 1976 Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary Association for Senior Citizens  was established and registered as a non-profit entity in Alberta. While in 2015, the non profit  Updated their name and logo to "Bishop O’Byrne Housing Association"  Now, newly renamed in the summer of 2020, "Forward Housing"

This non profit organization grew, and was founded upon the incredibly hard working and dedicated, Roman Catholic community in Calgary that was setup to support the low income senior population around 40 years ago. In 2013, Forward Housing opened a new residence in Bridgeland called Columbus Place, and since then their spectrum of affordable housing solutions has truly grown with a highly anticipated opening of a new development in 2021 that will bring over 100 new units to the affordable housing inventory in Calgary. 

Pay It Forward YYC

Forward Housing is a charitable affordable housing provider dedicated to solving the affordable housing crisis in Calgary. They currently own two properties in the inner city community of Bridgeland, these buildings provides Calgarian's in need with affordable homes, this includes housing for lower income families, seniors, and individuals. Presently Forward housing supports over 600 residents in Calgary.

Forward Housing has launched a new initiative and has partnered with us along with some of Calgary's other top businesses in the real estate and housing industry to help PAY IT FORWARD! 

Here's a message from their social media account:   

Hey Calgary! Have you heard about #PayitForwardYYC? We are calling on individuals as well as real estate industry professionals across the city to participate in the #PayitForwardYYC movement, in support of our GAP program which provides direct rental subsidies for at-risk Calgarians who we house.

Real Estate Industry Challenge

If you are a real estate industry professional, we invite you to take part in our industry challenge in three easy steps:

  1. Make a pledge via your social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, etc) 
  2. Use the #PayitForwardYYC & tag the @FWDHousing account
  3. Challenge one or as many colleagues as you can to match your pledge

Pro tip: Setup your own pledge amount by tying it to a success metric in your real estate business. This could be $100 for every deal you do, or $20 for every home you list, mortgage brokers $50 for every mortgage you write, between now and the end of the year!


Supporting This Calgary Non Profit Charity

Calgary Affordable Housing Benefits:

  • Take pride in knowing that 100% of your donation will go towards rent relief via their G.A.P. program
  • The Forward Housing Association is Calgary-based, and is a registered charity with over 40+ years of history in helping local Calgarians. 
  • Affordable Housing provides families a gift that is often hard to attain. Stability, and preventing entry or re-entry into homelessness
  • They provide and operate over 600 housing units across the city of Calgary and have a direct ties and insight to families who need support immediately and throughout the year.
  • They are finishing a new project in 2021 in Bridgeland which will contribute another 100+ suites to our cities affordable housing market
  • They serve a mix of Calgarians that have low incomes. From families to individuals that all have a variety of needs, which includes mental health and mobility challenges, the working poor, as well as seniors or individuals seeking refuge from domestic violence situations. 

Watch Dusko Sremac along with Eric Hildebrand, Adam Dawes, and Slav Loban on site at forward housing, talk about the Real Estate Partners Team with RE/MAX FIRST's pledge to donate $200 per closed transaction until the end of 2020 to help support this great cause.

In 2020 the link between home and health has become even more evident than ever before. 

Since the onset of the pandemic, many Canadian's have sought and found comfort in the refuge of their homes. What if you didn't have somewhere call home?
In the city of Calgary, it's estimated that over 80,000 (or 1 in 5) households that are struggling to pay their bills, putting them at risk of facing homelessness.
Help give the gift of giving a HOME this holiday season. Join the Real Estate Partners Team, Forward Housing, and other incredibly generous contributors and donators to the #PayitForwardYYC movement.

Click here to donate to the #payitforwardyyc campaign

Homelessness does not discriminate, not in our city, or anywhere else. From families with young children, to teenagers as well as the elderly can all face and suffer from the devastating effects of homelessness. We know times are tough for a lot of Calgarian's, but if you're a local business that can make a difference (big or small) Get on board with the #PAYITFORWARDYYC campaign. Let's all work together to help these at-risk Calgarians!
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