WBH offers rental units at 10 to 20 percent below market rates for the people of Fort McMurray, as well as the rural hamlets of Conklin, Janvier, Anzac and Fort Chipewyan.
As a provincially designated Housing Management Body, WBH manages all social housing in Wood Buffalo on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Social housing is provided to qualifying individuals at rates tied to income, which ensures housing costs do not deplete earnings. WBH also provides support services to help social housing clients reduce their reliance upon social assistance through substance abuse programs, job skills training, and other means that address impediments to independence. Social housing is available in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan.
In 2002, WBH assumed responsibility from the Government of Alberta for all subsidized independent and supportive living seniors’ housing. Ownership of Rotary House Lodge, which provides a supportive living environment to qualifying seniors, was transferred to WBH. WBH also became responsible to operate Legion Manor and Araubasca House, two independent living apartment complexes exclusively for seniors. WBH also operates Ayabaskaw House and Lodge in Fort Chipewyan.
Homeless Shelter and Transitional Housing
Since 2006, WBH has provided housing to Fort McMurray’s most vulnerable citizens. Marshall House Emergency Shelter includes a 100-bed capacity homeless shelter and 29 transitional housing units that are provided to the homeless based upon the Housing First model.
Support for the Social Profit Sector
WBH also supports other social profit agencies in Wood Buffalo. We own and operate the Fort McMurray Food Bank building on a cost-recovery basis, and we donated the land and provided strategic advice and counsel to Waypoints (formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society) that enabled it to build a new shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. Since 2001, WBH has helped over 7,000 individuals, families and seniors of low to middle incomes find affordable housing that is appropriate to their personal financial circumstances.