Parker: Thanks to donation, Horizon Housing converting hotel into affordable housing

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Including The Elan, Horizon Housing owns and operates 18 properties in all four quadrants of the city. Nine of them are apartment buildings and nine operate as supportive group homes, providing homes for 1,100 residents.

In the past five years, the organization has invested more than $5 million in capital upgrades to ensure its residents enjoy quality homes.

With The Elan almost ready for guests, Horizon Housing is preparing to break ground on a new facility in the Pineridge community that will provide another 65 units of mixed-income housing.

Horizon Housing, which traces its history as a society to 1976 in Calgary, has a staff of 28 and a core of volunteers led by an active board of directors and CEO Jelickova, who also serves on the board of Community Housing Transformation Centre, a Montreal-based Pan-Canadian non-profit organization working with housing organizations across Canada to drive transformation, sustainability and growth in community housing.


There’s definitely a back-to-business feeling in the air as many office workers are returning to downtown towers, which is a big lift for restaurants and the many coffee shops that have eked out an existence for such a long time. In the ‘burbs, it’s good to see that the Inglewood Night Market reopens — in two 9th Avenue parking lots between 11th and 12th streets S.E. — on Fridays starting Sept. 4. And people in the northwest have welcomed Save-On-Foods and Market Wines as the first of  a number of new retailers to open in University District.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at

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