Hamilton charity expands operation with 2,700 people waiting for affordable housing


Published December 13, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Indwell is expanding operations with the launch of Flourish, a social purpose real estate development services company.

With an office in Hamilton, Indwell creates affordable housing and through Flourish, it will be able to support municipalities, non-profits, faith communities, and other organizations to create affordable housing solutions that promote community well-being.

“Through our experience with Indwell, we’ve seen the positive impacts of persistent and imaginative efforts to find solutions for today’s affordable housing crisis,” says Graham Cubitt, President of Flourish, and Director of Projects and Development at Indwell.

“By launching Flourish, we can expand Indwell’s vision of hope and homes for all. We aim to empower our clients, collaborate with them and other community leaders, and advance sustainable housing solutions for the communities we serve.”

Flourish says it can assist clients through all phases of development, from site selection to funding procurement and design phases through tenant occupancy.

“Our commitment at Indwell has always been to transform lives and help people to flourish,” says Alice Plug-Buist, President of Indwell’s Board of Directors. “We created Flourish to enable others to benefit further from the experience we’ve honed. We’re excited to see our mission grow into new places and impact more people through this new non-profit development services company.”

An example of Flourish’s development capabilities is The Oaks, the historic Royal Oak Dairy in Hamilton. Established in 1898, the brownfield site was purchased by Indwell in 2018. The redevelopment consists of four buildings with 139 affordable housing units that start opening in early 2022. Flourish’s team has led this project from its outset, and it represents the full spectrum of services Flourish can offer clients in developing new affordable housing.

According to Indwell, there are 2,720 on a waitlist for affordable housing in Hamilton alone.

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