Homelessness

"Edmonton has a 10 year plan to end homelessness"

 

Edmonton has a 10 year plan to end homelessness. With five goals, it is a "clear framework for government, systems, and community stakeholders to work together and focus on the critical issue of homelessness in Edmonton."

Annually, ESPC has been involved in preparing an update on the progress being made to end homelessness in Edmonton. In the 7 years that the plan has been in existence over 5,900 people have been housed. 81% of these retained their housing for their first year in the program.

ESPC works with our partners the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness to advocate for individuals and families living in low income including addressing rental housing subsidy rates and the long weight list for affordable housing.

ESPC staff have been active in the Homeward Trust Homeless Connect annual events and the bi-annual homeless counts. In 2016, during the last homeless count, 1,752 people were counted as homeless in Edmonton.

Visit the links below for more information.

Edmonton's Plan to End Homelessness.

Housing & Homelessness Research Links

Housing Related Documents

"“I don’t get a subsidy where I live. The rent on my new place is $1,005 [per month]. The rent gets taken off my cheque. I got $160 left to spend on food and everything else.” “Thirty years ago welfare was $600 and rents were $300. Today, welfare is $800 and rents are $1200 for a decent place for a family to live. Welfare and minimum wage are not keeping up with the cost of living.”"

- TENANCY FAILURES AND SUCCESSES RESEARCH REPORT -