Pocket Suite Housing

Affordable 'pocket suites' as an award-winning alternative to rooming houses for single room occupancy

S.A.M Management, a non-profit corporation that specializes in managing non-profit housing, retained MMM Group to undertake a feasibility study for an affordable alternative to rooming housing for single room occupancy (SRO).

MMM Group, in association with Cohlmeyer Architects, developed the concept of ‘pocket suites’ a unique alternative to substandard rooming houses. The design of these pocket suites will provide safe, affordable, decent and most of all, independent accommodations for people on fixed incomes.

The two-storey, 8 unit dwelling is made up of 8 – 250 sq.ft. units. Each unit has its own private entrance and comes equipped with a kitchenette, a private bathroom with shower and toilet, a bed and sitting space. All suites are barrier free, with one suite one the main floor being fully wheelchair accessible.

There is a great need for affordable housing within the City’s oldest neighbourhoods. Three other infill lots have been identified as future pocket suite sites.


  • feasibility Study
  • phase 1 environmental site assessment
  • zoning approvals
  • financing and tenant support
  • development proposal

    Guest-host Dan Kerslake speaks on CBC Radio One with “the man behind the idea of pocket suites”.

    • Consulting Engineers of Manitoba, Award of Merit, Innovation, 2007
    • Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Manitoba Planning Excellence Award, Outstanding Achievement in Community Planning, 2007
    • Canadian Institute of Planners, Award for Planning Excellence, Housing, 2007
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba