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