Community leaders in northeast Calgary are hailing a historic arrangement that allows recovering addicts a home within their borders.

Early Thursday morning representatives from the Thorncliffe-Greenview and Highland Park Community Associations signed a Good Neighbour Agreement (GNA) with the Fresh Start Addiction Centre, which functions as a social contract between the two parties.

“I think the signing of the agreement today demonstrates everyone’s commitment to making this relationship work,” said Stacey Petersen, executive director for Fresh Start. “Hopefully this Good Neighbour Agreement will be a flagship for other special care facilities to work with communities throughout the city.”

This is the first GNA signed since council approved the initiative in 2008.

“The open dialog process shows the possibilities of what can happen when everyone is engaged and concerns are resolved. It really is a win-win for everyone,” said Leslie Degagne, president of the Thorncliffe-Greenview Community Association.

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