A pair of Calgary newlyweds became the 250th family to move into a home thanks to Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation (AHCC). Jun Sung Kim and his wife Julia moved into a two-bedroom apartment at Skyview Ranch in the city’s northeast.
The two had been looking for a home months before their wedding. Jun said he was devastated by the cost of housing in Calgary and felt renting was the couple’s only option before turning to AHCC.
“My wife and I now have a beautiful condo to call home for less than what we expected to pay for rent,” he said. “It took less than two months to go through the Attainable Home Ownership Program and move into our own home.”
Developed by City Council in 2009, AHCC is a non-profit organization that works to deliver entry-level homes to Calgarians caught in what the organization calls “the city’s growing affordability gap.”
“Considering the first year of operation was largely administrative activities to set up the organization, we’ve basically moved 250 families into homes in the last two-and-a-half years,” said David Watson, AHCC president and CEO. “Our current goal is to move a total of 1,000 households into attainable homes within the next five years, which is in direct response to the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.”