Demand Housing for All

Alberta’s economic struggles have massively increased the number of people experiencing houselessness. This is unacceptable on moral terms. Housing is a human right. It’s also bad economics--houselessness costs the government far more than providing housing. Housing must come first, and everything--including a reduction in crime and medical crises--follows from there.

Solving houselessness starts with basic managerial competence. We must do a better job measuring the effectiveness of affordable housing initiatives. We should set clear targets for approval times, density, parking and mixed uses.

There are too many people who need to rely on shelters. Whenever a person accesses a shelter, we must create a clear path for them to achieve affordable, permanent housing. Our support services should prioritize victims of domestic abuse. We must urge the province to pass home stabilization supports--direct transfers to people of low income experiencing precarious housing. There should be targeted support to those facing eviction. City-owned land should be used to expand affordable housing. We should encourage the development of creative solutions such as tiny houses. Persons experiencing houselessness need to be offered a hand up via social services, instead of having to deal with law enforcement.

Housing prices for the average Edmontonian have gone up as well. There needs to be a housing solution for all of us. We have to cut the red tape that prevents developers and builders from creating the homes we need. Secondary suites should be approved without significant delay. High density projects need to be built near transit centres. Parking minimums that create unnecessary red tape and delay should be eliminated.

The current credit score system does not work for everyone, and impairs some citizens' ability to attain housing. We need to work with financial institutions to find an alternative that truly captures an individual’s credit worthiness.