Our Model: MURB

The Cribwolf Foundation proposes a community-central, multi-unit residential building (MURB) with mixed tenancy for adults over the age of 21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, senior citizens in need of retirement or long-term care accommodation, and physically disabled adults over the age of 18. This project entails the construction of a new, or refurbishment of an existing, multi-floor structure to allow upper floors for living space and ground floor for building operations and amenities.

What will the MURB look like?

The Cribwolf Foundation has been working closely with an architect to finalize the floorplan design for the MURB's main and residential floors. The design will accommodate 20+ single occupancy apartment-style units approximately 700 sq. ft. each, plus ground floor administration, medical care, security, and recreation areas. In each apartment utilities and appliances will be available based on the individual's capabilities and the family's wishes. The building concept is centred on safety, efficiency, and inclusiveness, to ensure all residents have an inviting yet secure home, with easy access to both internal and external programs.

Our vision for the recreational rooms in the common area to provide access to activities that serve to enrich the quality of residents' lives, such as life skill classes, music and art classes, movie and TV viewing, banquets and parties, exercise therapy, and other wellness programs. The common area will also enable other interest groups, parents, sponsors, medical staff, volunteer groups, and support agencies to have easy and comfortable areas to interact with the residents.

Each resident will have easy access to his/her apartment unit at all times, should the need or desire for privacy or independent recreation arise; the MURB is not an institution, it is a residence and the individuals who call it home need to feel comfortable, relaxed, and free to make their own choices. To allow agency while still ensuring security, the MURB staff will use a centralized monitoring system to keep track of each resident and make sure they stay safe.

We are sourcing potential land with great care to position the MURB close to transportation routes and services to allow capable residents to have access to community resources. One of our goals is to be able to provide a specialized MURB shuttle service for group outings, including Special Olympic sports activities, local cinemas, festivals, and malls.

To fix the crisis, we need one MURB in every community.

Above all, The Cribwolf Foundation MURB housing model is designed to be easily replicable in a wide range of community sizes and locations, to quickly reduce and ultimately eliminate the supportive housing waiting lists for all three populations as soon as possible.