The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed helps meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and acceptance for individuals and families experiencing poverty and homelessness, and works with them to find sustainable housing and employment. The agency has been combatting the root causes of poverty in Alberta and working to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those they serve since 1984.


Why do we need these buildings?

People who are chronically homeless are a priority in Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness. By focusing its efforts on people who are homeless and providing them with their basic needs, The Mustard Seed is getting people and families out of emergency shelters and into homes of their own where they can thrive.


RESOLVE Project
  • Pay off the mortgages on two apartment buildings for adults experiencing poverty and homelessness (which allows The Mustard Seed to continue to offer low rents on a sustainable basis) and construct a new apartment building for families with low income.
  • The existing buildings provide homes to a total of 244 people.
  • Tenants pay rent based on their income so that it’s affordable.

Design:

  • The 224-unit 1010 Centre has furnished units including 22 barrier-free units, a community patio and 24-hour security. Each floor also has a community room with a kitchen, couches and television and laundry facilities.
  • The 20-unit apartment building is home to people who have graduated from The Mustard Seed’s programs.

Support:

  • The Employment Centre offers meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for tenants with support of an Employment Coach.
  • The Computer lab enables tenants to learn new skills and work on resumes.
  • Free health care offered at the Support Centre including access to medical care, chiropractic services, haircuts, and a vitamin program.
  • Spiritual care and development.
  • 24-hour security and some housekeeping.
  • Opportunities to make meals at a discount in the community kitchen.

*Rendering and project features are subject to change

 

Stephen Wile

Stephen Wile, Chief Executive Officer

“Everyone at The Mustard Seed understands that ending homelessness is more than just providing a roof over someone’s head. It is also about bringing people to a place of strength and independence. Our permanent supportive housing accomplishes that. Through RESOLVE we can provide a safe haven for men and women where they can receive support and assistance to achieve their individual goals.”— Stephen Wile, Chief Executive Officer