August 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin August 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Designated Supportive Living Operations Planning Senior management continues to work on the development of an operating model in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and other relevant professionals in preparation for operations following the construction of Phase 2.

RATES OF OCCUPANCY

Bow River Lodge 95% occupancy

Cascade House 90% occupancy

Bow River Homes 100% occupancy

Mount Edith House 100% occupancy

Community Housing 100% occupancy

Rent Supplement 100% subscription

SPECIAL PROJECT: This is Home (Phase 2)

Schedule:

Clark Builders is working with the province and Marshall Tittimore Architects on the design and construction planning of the 60 bed DSL4/D facility. Meanwhile Clark has completed demolition of the old lodge, making way for the new building, while leaving the newer southeast wing in place for future use. Expect substantial completion toward the end of 2020, and commissioning early 2021.

Design:

This facility will be designed to meet the needs of designated supportive living level 4 and dementia operations, including enhanced safety and care-provision considerations.

Economics:

The current capital cost range is estimated at $16.6 million; the Government of Alberta has committed $15.3 million to date. BVRH is responsible for the furniture and equipment for the facility, which we will fund through a combination of fundraising and financing, including municipal requisition.

BOW VALLEY REGIONAL HOUSING

We are a Housing Management Body (HMB) created by the Government of Alberta. Alberta’s HMBs operate and administer provincially-owned social housing facilities and programming. The Province holds an extensive portfolio of these facilities through the Alberta Social Housing Corporation (ASHC) that serves many needy and vulnerable Albertans. Each HMB is a not-for-profit self-governing corporation under the Alberta Housing Act that manages ASHC assets in their respective region. HMBs may operate various housing programs and own facilities.

Every municipality in Alberta is a contributing member of their regional HMB and is required to have at least one appointee serving on the governing board The HMB board members are responsible for acting in the best interests of the entire region. HMB’s function as property managers for the Province, often working to address relevant housing needs in their region.

HMB operational funding sources can vary somewhat. Tenants pay accommodation fees, which are usually subject to affordability limits. These limits often lead to operating deficits by constricting the ability to collect enough fees to cover the full costs of operations. Provincial grants and municipal requisitions subsidize seniors’ lodge deficits, whereas the Province alone funds deficits in independent seniors and community housing programs.

As the HMB for the Bow Valley region, BVRH is responsible for social housing and affordable supportive living accommodation for seniors throughout Kananaskis Country, the Bow Corridor, the MD of Bighorn and all of Banff National Park. The region covers an area of 13,500 square kilometres that has two towns and seven hamlets that contain approximately 25,000 people. Our five contributing municipalities are Kananaskis ID, MD of Bighorn, Town of Canmore, Town of Banff and Banff National Park ID9. The people of the region can access the programs we offer, subject to eligibility requirements.

We are an independent body that collaborates with two provincial ministries, five municipal governments, numerous agencies in our community and provincial organizations to provide and promote safe and appropriate housing in our region.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Bow Valley Regional Housing commits to provide accommodation services for the Bow Valley region seniors and residents of modest means who struggle to secure and maintain appropriate housing.

We provide housing-related programs to approximately four hundred residents in the Bow Valley region, delivered through our four programs. These programs are housed across seven properties in Banff and Canmore that contain a total of thirty-four separate buildings, twenty of which are stand-alone residential houses.

Our projects include the following:

 Seniors’ lodges in Canmore and Banff that provide room and board to the residents of our 85 suites.

o Phase 2 of our This is Home project will deliver designated supportive living to the region through sixty 24-hour care suites that will provide appropriate accommodations to our vulnerable seniors while alleviating pressures on local hospitals.

 Seniors’ self-contained independent housing buildings in Canmore and Banff that include a total of 62 one-bedroom apartments.

 Family housing residences in Canmore that include 38 townhouses and 20 houses.

 Rent Supplement Programs that currently provide financial assistance to approximately 35 households in the Bow Valley.

 Planning is underway for the conversion of a 15-suite lodge wing into independent seniors’ self-contained housing for low-income seniors.

 Planning is underway for the re-profiling of a part of the Bow River Lodge site to increase the number of senior’s self-contained suites while adding other affordable housing options.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

Bow Valley Regional Housing aspires to collaborate with relevant entities to ensure that suitable programming that will mitigate the housing needs of our client base is available. We will:

 Make decisions and recommendations using relevant and valid data regarding community trends and housing needs.

 Obtain funding to develop infrastructure that meets identified needs for social and senior’s affordable housing programs.

 Embrace operating principles that incorporate innovation, service excellence and best practices.

 Attract and retain highly qualified and caring staff.

The BVRH team includes approximately forty employees, based at Bow River Seniors Lodge in Canmore, and Cascade House in Banff. Our Central Administration and Maintenance Teams are based in Canmore but serve all of our projects. We have dedicated Housekeeping and Food Service Teams at each of our two seniors’ lodges.

OUR VALUES

SERVICE

Client-focus, empathy, caring, commitment to quality and a guiding philosophy of serving our clients in their homes.

INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

High ethics, professionalism, transparency, accountability and inclusiveness.

EFFICACY

Sustainability, innovation, versatility, collaboration, communication, vision and resourcefulness.

More information is available on our website at www.bvrh.ca

June 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

June 2019

NEWS, INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 Bow River Seniors’ Lodge Spring Garden Party Our Second Annual Spring Garden Party was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, to kick off Seniors Week in Alberta. It was a sunny afternoon full of fellowship, live music, snacks, fun activities and more, and it as all for free! Thank you to everyone who helped put it on, and to all who attended and helped make it great!

 Housing Needs Study The final report was received by the board last month, who formally accepted it and approved its release to the public. The report is posted on the BVRH website, available to the public, and has been shared directly with housing agencies. Now the work begins, digging into the data and using it to address housing challenges in the Bow Valley region.

 Designated Supportive Living Operations Planning Senior management continues to work on the development of a comprehensive operational model development in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and other appropriate professionals in preparation of operations following the construction of Phase 2.

 2020 – 2022 Business Plan Update The board will review the updates to the BVRH business plan, the final version of which will be provided to Alberta Seniors and Housing as is required of all Housing Management Bodies in Alberta.

 Competition for External Audit Services The board will consider going to tender for audit services as a matter of good practice. KMSS has successfully conducted the BVRH annual audits for the last five years. The proposed tender opportunity will be offered to a list of qualified audit firms on a three-year basis; KMSS will be one of the invitees.

RATES OF OCCUPANCY

Bow River Lodge 95% occupancy

Cascade House 89% occupancy

Bow River Homes 100% occupancy

Mount Edith House 100% occupancy

Community Housing 100% occupancy

Rent Supplement 100% subscription

SPECIAL PROJECT: This is Home (Phase 2)

Schedule:

Clark Builders is working with the province and Marshall Tittimore Architects on the design and construction planning of the 60 bed DSL4/D facility. Meanwhile Clark has completed abatement work in the old lodge and expect to start demolition during the last week of June. The demolition project will make room for the new building by removing the original areas of the old lodge, leaving the newer southeast wing in place for future use. Expect substantial completion toward the end of 2020, and commissioning early 2021.

Design:

This facility will be designed to meet the needs of designated supportive living level 4 and dementia operations, including enhanced safety and care-provision considerations. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has provided design guidelines that the facility must consider to be able to secure a Designated Supportive Living (DSL) agreement, which is the goal to be able to meet more of the current and future needs of the people of the region.

Economics:

The current capital cost range is estimated at $16.3 million; the Government of Alberta has committed $16 million to date. BVRH is responsible for the furniture and equipment for the facility, which we will fund through a combination of fundraising and financing, including municipal requisition.

BOW VALLEY REGIONAL HOUSING

We are a Housing Management Body (HMB) created by the Government of Alberta. Alberta’s HMBs operate and administer provincially-owned social housing facilities and programming. The Province holds an extensive portfolio of these facilities through the Alberta Social Housing Corporation (ASHC) that serves many needy and vulnerable Albertans. Each HMB is a not-for-profit self-governing corporation under the Alberta Housing Act that manages ASHC assets in their respective region. HMBs may operate various housing programs and own facilities.

Every municipality in Alberta is a contributing member of their regional HMB and is required to have at least one appointee serving on the governing board The HMB board members are responsible for acting in the best interests of the entire region. HMB’s function as property managers for the Province, often working to address relevant housing needs in their region.

HMB operational funding sources can vary somewhat. Tenants pay accommodation fees, which are usually subject to affordability limits. These limits often lead to operating deficits by constricting the ability to collect enough fees to cover the full costs of operations. Provincial grants and municipal requisitions subsidize seniors’ lodge deficits, whereas the Province alone funds deficits in independent seniors and community housing programs.

As the HMB for the Bow Valley region, BVRH is responsible for social housing and affordable supportive living accommodation for seniors throughout Kananaskis Country, the Bow Corridor, the MD of Bighorn and all of Banff National Park. The region covers an area of 13,500 square kilometres that has two towns and seven hamlets that contain approximately 25,000 people. Our five contributing municipalities are Kananaskis ID, MD of Bighorn, Town of Canmore, Town of Banff and Banff National Park ID9. The people of the region can access the programs we offer, subject to eligibility requirements.

We are an independent body that collaborates with two provincial ministries, five municipal governments, numerous agencies in our community and provincial organizations to provide and promote safe and appropriate housing in our region.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Bow Valley Regional Housing commits to provide accommodation services for the Bow Valley region seniors and residents of modest means who struggle to secure and maintain appropriate housing.

We provide housing-related programs to approximately four hundred residents in the Bow Valley region, delivered through our four programs. These programs are housed across seven properties in Banff and Canmore that contain a total of thirty-four separate buildings, twenty of which are stand-alone residential houses.

Our projects include the following:

 Seniors’ lodges in Canmore and Banff that provide room and board to the residents of our 85 suites.

o Phase 2 of our This is Home project will deliver designated supportive living to the region through sixty 24-hour care suites that will provide appropriate accommodations to our vulnerable seniors while alleviating pressures on local hospitals.

 Seniors’ self-contained independent housing buildings in Canmore and Banff that include a total of 62 one-bedroom apartments.

 Family housing residences in Canmore that include 38 townhouses and 20 houses.

 Rent Supplement Programs that currently provide financial assistance to approximately 35 households in the Bow Valley.

 Planning is underway for the conversion of a 15-suite lodge wing into independent seniors’ self-contained housing for low-income seniors.

 Planning is underway for the re-profiling of a part of the Bow River Lodge site to increase the number of senior’s self-contained suites while adding other affordable housing options.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

Bow Valley Regional Housing aspires to collaborate with relevant entities to ensure that suitable programming that will mitigate the housing needs of our client base is available. We will:

 Make decisions and recommendations using relevant and valid data regarding community trends and housing needs.

 Obtain funding to develop infrastructure that meets identified needs for social and senior’s affordable housing programs.

 Embrace operating principles that incorporate innovation, service excellence and best practices.

 Attract and retain highly qualified and caring staff.

The BVRH team includes approximately forty employees, based at Bow River Seniors Lodge in Canmore, and Cascade House in Banff. Our Central Administration and Maintenance Teams are based in Canmore but serve all of our projects. We have dedicated Housekeeping and Food Service Teams at each of our two seniors’ lodges.

OUR VALUES

SERVICE

Client-focus, empathy, caring, commitment to quality and a guiding philosophy of serving our clients in their homes.

INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

High ethics, professionalism, transparency, accountability and inclusiveness.

EFFICACY

Sustainability, innovation, versatility, collaboration, communication, vision and resourcefulness.

More information is available on our website at www.bvrh.ca

April 2019 BVRH MOnthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

April 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

Bow River Seniors’ Lodge Spring Garden Party

Please join us at our Annual Spring Garden Party on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Feel free to drop in anytime, to kick off Seniors Week in Alberta and enjoy community, live music, snacks, fun activities and more, all for free! Doors will open at 1:00 p.mm with activities running until 4:00 p.m.

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March 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin March 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

 2018 External Audit

Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP presented the 2018 Audit Report and Financial Statements to the Board of Directors at the February regular meeting.

 2019 Municipal Requisition

The annual requisition packages will be provided to our contributing members in April, 2019. The requisition subsidizes our seniors’ lodge supportive living program.

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February 2019 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin

February 2019

ACTIVE INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

BVRH Housing Needs Study

The consultant is currently incorporating all feedback and information collected during reviews of the draft report.

BVRH Policy Review

Senior management has conducted a full policy review. The board will review the recommended changes and additions in 2019.

Designated Supportive Living Operations Planning

Senior management has initiated comprehensive operational model development in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and other appropriate professionals in preparation of operations following the construction of Phase 2.

RATES OF OCCUPANCY

Bow River Lodge 95% occupancy

Cascade House 76% occupancy

Bow River Homes 100% occupancy

Mount Edith House 97% occupancy

Community Housing 100% occupancy

Rent Supplement 100% subscription

SPECIAL PROJECT: This is Home

Schedule:

PHASE 2: A selection process for a Design/Build Team is underway, with the original eleven proponents having now been narrowed to a primary candidate group. CAO expects the lead team to be formally engaged by Alberta Seniors and Housing before year end.

Design:

PHASE 2: This facility will be designed to meet the needs of designated supportive living level 4 and dementia operations, including enhanced safety and care-provision considerations. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has provided design guidelines that the facility must consider to secure a Designated Supportive Living (DSL) agreement, which is the goal to meet the current and future needs of the people of the region. Next steps include Project Approvals, Project Coordination, and negotiation of an Agreement with AHS. Expect a lead team to be engaged before the end of the year, at which point the design phase will begin in earnest.

Economics:

PHASE 2: The current capital cost range is estimated between $16 million and $19 million; the Government of Alberta has committed $16 million to date. BVRH is responsible for the furniture and equipment for the facility, which we will fund through a combination of fundraising and financing, including municipal requisition.

ABOUT BOW VALLEY REGIONAL HOUSING (BVRH)

BVRH is a Housing Management Body (HMB) for the Government of Alberta. Alberta’s HMBs were created to operate and administer provincially owned social housing facilities and programming. The Province holds an extensive portfolio of these facilities serving many vulnerable Albertans. Each HMB is self-governing under the Alberta Housing Act, managing these assets in their particular region, each of which encompasses multiple municipalities, improvement districts, etc. HMBs may operate other kinds of housing and own buildings that house accommodation programs.

Every municipality in Alberta is a contributing member of their regional HMB and is required to have at least one appointee on the governing board. HMB boards are responsible for acting in the best interests of the organization in consideration of the needs of the residents of each member municipality.

HMB operations are supported through various means. Tenants pay rent and/or lodge fees. These are set at affordable rates, so typically the revenues cannot cover the costs of operations. Seniors Lodge deficits are funded through municipal ratepayer requisitions and provincial grants. Social Housing deficits (including independent seniors housing and community housing) are funded by the province.

BVRH is responsible for social housing and affordable seniors’ supportive living accommodation serving Kananaskis Country, the Bow Corridor, the MD of Bighorn and Banff National Park, an area that covers approximately 13,500 square kilometres. The region has two towns and seven hamlets with a population of roughly 25,000. Our five contributing municipalities are Kananaskis ID, MD of Bighorn, Town of Canmore, Town of Banff and Banff National Park ID9. The people of the region are able to access all of the programs we offer, subject to eligibility requirements.

BVRH is a self-governing body. We collaborate with two provincial ministries and five municipal governments, along with numerous local and community agencies to provide and promote safe and appropriate housing to our region.

The BVRH Mission Statement

Bow Valley Regional Housing commits to provide accommodation services for the Bow Valley region seniors and residents of modest means who struggle to secure and maintain appropriate housing.

All told, we currently house, or help to house more than 400 residents of the Bow Valley in eight permanent housing projects encompassing 36 separate buildings.

We manage:

 seniors’ lodges in Canmore and Banff that currently house up to 88 residents (an expansion project is underway at our lodge in Canmore that will bring designated supportive living to the region, which will provide appropriate accommodations to our most vulnerable seniors while alleviating pressures in local hospitals)

 seniors’ independent housing buildings in Canmore and Banff that include 62 one-bedroom apartments

 58 family housing residences in Canmore

 the Rent Supplement Program in the region that currently provides financial assistance to approximately 40 Bow Valley households

We have some other great ideas!

 Visioning is underway for the conversion of a 15-unit wing from lodge accommodation to seniors’ self-contained housing for low-income independent seniors, which will allow us to re-profile part of the Bow River Lodge site to increase the number of senior’s self-contained units, and add other affordable housing options.

The BVRH Vision Statement

Bow Valley Regional Housing aspires to collaborate with relevant entities to ensure that suitable programming that will mitigate the housing needs of our client base is available. We will:

 Make decisions and recommendations using relevant and valid data regarding community trends and housing needs.

 Obtain funding to develop infrastructure that meets identified needs for social and senior’s affordable housing programs.

 Embrace operating principles that incorporate innovation, service excellence and best practices.

 Attract and retain highly qualified and caring staff.

BVRH has approximately 40 employees based in either Bow River Lodge (Canmore) or Cascade House (Banff). Our Administration and Maintenance Teams are based in Canmore but serve all of our operations. We have Housekeeping and Food Service Teams in both of our lodges.

Information is available on our website at www.bvrh.ca