Grow Alberta's Housing Stock
Vibrant Communities Calgary aims to ensure that Calgary is a strong, supportive and inclusive community, where everyone has sufficient income and assets to thrive, and where all Indigenous people are equal participants in Calgary's future. They have proposed an affordable housing platform for the incoming provincial government to adopt, and EndPovertyEdmonton supports this proposal.
Commit an additional $90 million each year to deliver on the province’s affordable housing goals.
Review operating agreements with service providers to better understand appropriate funding levels to address growing challenges facing vulnerable Albertans.
Provide an immediate 10% increase and fully index existing operating agreements.
The government of Alberta’s affordable housing strategy commits to assisting up to 25,000 additional households over the next 10 years. However, capital and operational funding allocations do not cover the costs to deliver on these commitments, let alone maintain units within the existing inventory. Mental health and addiction-related issues have also grown more complex, placing increased demands on the homeless serving sector.
The Social Policy Collaborative outlines three key policy recommendations to help the provincial government meet its commitment to Albertans in need of affordable housing. Polling data shows that 70% of Albertans agree that the provincial government has an obligation to invest in building new affordable housing units.