In Alberta, households relying on social assistance receive significantly more funding than other places in Canada and certainly well over other parts of the world, and yet medical and mental health issues still make for difficult lifestyle and nutritional choices.
More than 15,000 Alberta families are still waiting for a home, and changes to who qualifies for affordable housing in 2018 will not reverse this ever increasing demographic. On a per capita basis, Alberta has approximately half the number of rental housing units as the rest of Canada—and that gap has grown in the past 25 years. Housing is so important as one of the pillars for psychological stability.
Sugar Bird also depends on housing to provide funding to their organization from a revenue property in Grande Prairie which it acquired as an investment to support the Foundation. Bob and Norah manage it on behalf of the Foundation by donating their time and talents to its operation. In addition, they frequently donate and volunteer locally and in third world countries, partnering with Hope For the Nations to build Orphanages and housing with Habitats for Humanity for the underprivileged. They are currently taking on a new project where the Hamilton’s will be assisting to equip and then teach woodworking and home building at an orphanage just south of Guadalajara.