When my husband and I married in 2011 we knew we wanted kids, and we also knew that his building was age and pet restricted. He was the condo board president. We started a campaign to have the bylaws changed to allow children. We failed by one vote; people who don't vote count as a 'no' vote.
Parents on low or fixed incomes, or parents who have to leave their previous living situations in a hurry are up against a formidable obstacle when landlords and builders can legally discriminate against people with children.
Finding family-friendly housing downtown has greatly enhanced our quality of life.
I'm a condo owner and currently serve as president of my condo board. My wife and I also own a second condo and I've been president of that board as well. Over the years we've had to deal with several problem units and noise complaints. None of the problems have ever involved children.
In 2010, I moved back to Edmonton with my son, who was two at the time. I was a single mother and was very lucky to find a place to live in the City Market Apartments. It was an “adults-only” building, but the landlords let children live there as they had a child themselves. I … Continue reading Allison: It’s Time to Become the Progressive City We Think We Are
After living in downtown Ottawa for nearly four years, my husband and I moved back to our home province of Alberta in August 2015. This time we would be living in Edmonton with our daughters (3.5 years & 9 months). We wanted to live in the centre of the city, but we kept hitting a … Continue reading Yvonne: Where are the Strollers?
Good morning Scott & Laurie, I'm writing to you today as my representatives in City Hall and the Legislature to put an issue I've been experiencing onto your radar. As you are probably aware, the rental housing market in Edmonton is below a 2% vacancy rate. My partner has been tirelessly working to secure accommodations … Continue reading Alena: To Whom It May Concern
Never give up on what you love! That was the motto my husband and I reminded ourselves of when we struggled to find a new home for our family in the downtown area just a few years ago. My husband and I both own our own companies and we have lived in the Grandin/Oliver area … Continue reading Caitlin: Pregnant, Evicted, and Happily Ever After
My husband and I are new parents. We live with our 16-month-old toddler in the heart of the core -- two blocks from Rogers Place -- in an apartment/loft building that is primarily professionals, MacEwan students, and a couple of retirees. Prior to 2012, our loft was my now-husband's bachelor pad. He lived there as … Continue reading Rachel: Loft Living, Family Style
I am a single mother who lives in downtown Edmonton with my 9-year-old daughter. When my marriage ended 5.5 years ago, I was faced with the reality that I needed to find a safe and family-friendly space for my daughter and I since I could no longer live in the marital home my ex-husband and … Continue reading Jodie: Housing is for Humans