Edmonton Community Plan on Housing and Support Services 2005-2009.

Edmonton Community Plan on Housing and Support Services 2005-2009.

The Edmonton Community Plan on Housing and Support Services 2005-2009 provides a comprehensive roadmap for addressing homelessness, low-income housing and related support service needs in Edmonton over the next five years. Its main message is clear: significantly more housing and support services are required at all levels to address homelessness and affordable housing issues and to prevent homelessness among those at risk. It also recognizes efforts should be concentrated to increase the supply of housing and services that provide longer-term solutions. The Plan outlines estimated funding requirements of $249.9 million in capital, $180 million for operations and support services, and $5.9 million in strategic services to implement its objectives and strategies as shown in the following table. Support services include basic services only; funding for additional programs that may be developed would be required. Objectives established for housing and support services are to reduce the gaps between the existing supply and needed housing and support services in Edmonton; and to provide prevention programs that reduce the possibility of having individuals fall into the non-market portions of the Continuum and to provide intervention programs to facilitate movement upward through the Continuum. The objective for strategic services is to improve the sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency of Edmonton’s Housing and Support Services Continuum. To support the strategic services objective, strategies were developed under a five category headings of research, advocacy and awareness, regulation and policy, capacity building, co-ordination and partnerships, and planning and performance monitoring. The entire community – private and for-profit and not-for profit housing providers, community agencies and all three orders of government – will have to work together and contribute toward making the recommended solutions a reality. Without long-term sustainable government funding, the Plan cannot be successfully implemented. The Plan is built on the premise that Edmonton needs an integrated system that enables and encourages people to “move up” through various housing options, and ultimately, if possible, into the private housing market. Other considerations are identified including for Aboriginal people, sustainability over the long term, communication and evaluation.

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Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan, prepared by Dr. Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD and Dr. Solina Richter, PhD, RN for The Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium (2010)

ORGANIZATION: Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005
LOCATION: Edmonton, AB, Canada