Where can I find affordable, long-term rental housing?

Affordable housing serves all kinds of people. Different people have different housing needs. No matter their background, affordable housing is meant to support people and provide them with the ability to thrive. There are many different affordable housing programs in Calgary. This guide article focuses on long-term rental housing. Here are some other resources you can check out on affordable housing in Calgary:

Please note that this guide article will only cover a few programs in Calgary. For a full list, refer to the Affordable Housing Guide (pages 32-56).

Affordable Housing: Long-Term Rental Housing

Calgary Alpha House offers long-term rental housing for people who are experiencing addiction, chronic homelessness, and frequent interactions with emergency services.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be experiencing chronic homelessness
  • have a history or identity of substance use 
Applying
  1. Get a housing assessment completed by the Encampment Team (403-805-7388) or at the SORCe.
  2. Once completed, you will be placed on the Coordinated Access and Assessment system list.

Calgary Housing Company (CHC) provides safe and affordable rental housing on behalf of the City of Calgary.

Eligibility

To apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Refugee Status
  • have a total household income that is below the limit for the unit you are applying for:

  • have less than $25,000 in household assets
Applying
  1. Confirm your eligibility.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Provide all required support documents.
  4. Submit your application in-person at one of the CHC offices:

The Calgary John Howard Society provides financial assistance with finding housing, case management, and support coaching.

Eligibility

For adult housing, you must be:

  • over the age of 18
  • experiencing interaction with the justice system
  • experiencing chronic homelessness

For youth housing, you must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 24
  • experiencing homelessness 
  • at risk or involved in the criminal justice system 
Applying
  1. Call 211 to request a referral for housing support; OR
  2. Call or visit SORCe to talk to a housing strategist about eligibility.

Horizon Housing Society provides housing and support towards independent living.

Eligibility

This program is available to individuals and families who live:

  • with mental health challenges
  • with physical disabilities 
  • below the poverty line
  • as the working poor 
Applying
  1. You can only apply through a referral from a partner agency. A list can be found here.

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