Shovel Ready

Affordable housing for 5000 Edmonton families
in the next 5 years

The Edmonton Non-Profit Housing Provider Working Group has a plan in place to build 5000 new units of affordable housing in the next five years. The City of Edmonton has committed major funding. With the support of Canada and Alberta, we’re ready to put shovels in the ground right now.

The Need

Nearly 50,000 Edmonton households are still in core housing need, including families with children.

  • A household is in core housing need when it takes more than 30% of its income to maintain adequate housing.
  • Of the 48,550 families in Edmonton currently in core housing need, 22,350 spend more than half their income on shelter.
  • On any given night, 1,800 Edmontonians experience homelessness. More than 1000 of these people are chronically homeless.

To address all current housing needs in Edmonton, we would need:

  • 916 Permanent Supportive Housing units for people with complex needs.
  • 25, 484 Social/Community Housing units, deeply subsidized for citizens with low income.
  • 21,550 Near-Market Affordable Housing units.
  • Our plan will provide 5000 of these units in the next five years.
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Our Proposal

To help fill this need, Edmonton’s non-profit housing providers and the City of Edmonton plan to build 5000 new units of affordable housing in the next five years. Edmonton City Council has committed $140 million to this initiative, but we need $1.127 billion in provincial and federal investment to make it happen.

What we'll build
180 Secondary Suites
233 Seniors Houses and Apartments
3,667 Houses and Apartments
920 Permanent Supporting Housing Units

Here in Edmonton, we are ready, willing and able to build 5000 new affordable housing units in the next five years.

Why it Fits

Our plan contributes to the fulfillment of federal and provincial affordable housing commitments.

For Canada:

  • 5000 units toward the target of constructing 100,000 new units in the next 10 years (as per Canada’s National Housing Strategy)
  • Will include housing for the chronically homeless, contributing to the desired 50% nationwide reduction in chronic homelessness (as per Canada’s National Housing Strategy)
  • An opportunity to meaningfully invest in a municipality, collaborate with other orders of government, and empower a community to address housing needs (as per Canada’s National Housing Strategy)
  • Supports the municipal construction of new affordable housing units (as per Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Mandate Letter)

For Alberta:

  • An opportunity to fulfil the government’s promise to invest $1.2 billion in affordable housing.
  • Progress toward Alberta’s promise to provide 4100 new or renewed affordable housing units in the next three years

About the Edmonton Non-Profit Housing Provider Working Group

We are leading providers of non-profit housing in Edmonton – and we’ve learned we’re most effective when we all work together. We formed our working group to tackle Edmonton’s urgent need for affordable housing and improve housing services for people and families in Edmonton who need them.

Our group is comprised of primary players in affordable housing provision in Edmonton. We have been collaborating and working hard together for many years to get to this position – and we are ready to go. We aren’t talking about years of planning and consultation – we’re talking about 5000 new affordable housing units in the next five years. With the support of Alberta and Canada, we will make this happen.

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