The YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter opened in Inglewood in 1984, and after more than 30 years in the community, YW is pleased to announce we’ll be growing our presence with a new location, a two-acre site at 1715 17 Ave SE (the current site of Westkey Storage). See map.
This site will be the new location of the YW hub facility, where we’ll continue to serve women and their families. Many of our programs will expand, allowing us to offer services to additional people.
Current project plans include:
- Supportive, transitional shelter for 100 women
- 90 childcare spaces
- Parenting and family orientated programming and courses
- Employment resource classrooms
- Counselling space
- Fitness, wellness, and multipurpose spaces
- Community kitchen
- Administrative space
June 2016 through to September 2016
During this time we engaged with community members through surveys, door-knocking and an open house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee. These conversations informed our design drivers and site analysis. <link to documents – PDFs?>
September to December 2016
During this period, we launched the conceptual design drawings and offered further engagement and input opportunities to ensure that the project is on track to benefit everyone.
We shared the feedback we collected from the community with the design team at Kasian Architecture, who incorporated the resulting changes into the design. While the approval and permitting process continues, we intend to break ground in autumn 2017 and complete construction by summer 2019.
YW is committed to an open and transparent application process with the city and will remain closely engaged with Inglewood to continue to foster the strong relationship we with the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
In late 2015, YW sold our downtown property, located at 320 – 5th Avenue SE. A significant contribution from this sale will provide seed dollars for the project. In addition to this funding, YW will seek support from the philanthropic community as well as all levels of government.
YW has developed contingency plans that will ensure we can see this project through to completion.
As an agency that serves women and children often fleeing violence in the home, we take safety very seriously. Our building will be designed with safety as a priority for those living and working within its walls and for those living in close proximity. Over our 100 years working with women and our 30+ years in Inglewood, we’ve had limited incidents that were quickly resolved through our close ties to the Calgary Police Service. Supportive housing programs are proven to enhance individual well-being. Research also shows police interactions, rates of incarceration and hospitalization decrease significantly when individuals, who have been homeless, are housed with supports. YW respects the safety of its neighbours and will work to resolve any issue that arise.
A few common themes emerged in our engagement sessions with the Inglewood community, and parking is top among them. YW Calgary and Kasian Architecture are cognizant of this issue and will allot sufficient space for our team and those accessing the building. YW has also incorporated significant bike storage for staff and anticipate foot traffic and transit to be primary access plans for many. We will discourage individuals from parking outside our lot and we’re also committed to working with the residents to resolve issues as they arise.
Absolutely! In spring 2016 we engaged with Inglewood community members through surveys, door-knocking and an open-house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee to hear their thoughts and ideas. These conversations informed our design drivers and site analysis. We have additional events planned.
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We appreciate the importance of responsible and efficient building processes and plan to consider our design drivers in all of our product and material selections. Inglewood is a leader within the City of Calgary in terms of environmental awareness and development and we embrace that ideology.
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. has developed a conceptual design based on information we gathered from meetings with the YW board, executive team, staff, clients, and the Inglewood community.
YW is conscious of the fact that the community of Inglewood prides itself on diversity in its people and architecture. As such, we met with the Inglewood Redevelopment Committee in during the planning stages to discuss our design drivers and show site massing, and will continue to engage with them throughout the process. The height of the building as well as the materials used for construction are top considerations in the design.
The entire process, from the signing of the land purchase agreement to the move in to the new YW hub facility, is expected to take 40-48 months. That means we’ll be moving into our new space in late 2019.
In the interim, all YW programs and services at the downtown facility, as well as the YW Sheriff King Home facility, will continue without interruption.
The YW Sheriff King Home will remain in use in its current location. Once the new development is complete there may be some programs that move from the YW Sheriff King Home into the new facility, but the crisis shelter for women and children will remain intact and ready to help those in need throughout the entire process.
Women and their families remain our priority. We believe that in order for a woman to thrive, her family must also thrive. Currently, in addition to our shelter and housing programs, YW offers education, employment skills, counselling and child development and childcare programs to women, children and men — we intend to expand these services in the new facility.
The new facility has been designed with the community in mind. We’re open to exploring new services based on the needs and requirements of the community. It’s our hope that the community will engage in activities and programs offered by YW; whether by using childcare centres and parenting programs; counselling and educational programs; or by becoming YW volunteers.
For more than 106 years, YW has provided services for women in our community. In order to continue our evolution and be responsive to the needs of women and their families today and into the future we need a new facility that will be as adaptable as our organization.
The new YW ‘hub’ facility will provide accessible supports for women and their families that include transitional housing, counselling, education and employment skill training, child development and parenting programming as well as support services to manage the organization.
Our goal is provide a safe and caring environment for the women and families we support, as well as for the community we reside in.
Questions? We’re happy to answer. Please contact Deanna Holt directly, or fill in our contact form.