Low-income & Special Needs Housing
Safe, affordable housing is essential to the well-being of all Edmontonians.
Edmonton's dramatic population growth and increase in market rents has led to an affordable housing shortage. There is a housing gap of approximately 20,000 emergency, transitional, and long-term housing units in Edmonton and approximately another 20,000 affordable housing units needed in Edmonton.
Over the next 5 years, we can expect the need to rise at the rate of 700 housing units per year.
Annual counts of homeless persons show significant increases in the homeless population. The number of homeless persons in Edmonton has tripled in the last 10 years (836 people in 1999 to 2,618 people in 2006).
The City of Edmonton advocates for the provision of housing in Edmonton for people who have a household income that is less than the median income and who spend 30% or more of their gross income on housing.
4 Types of Low-income or Special Needs Housing
- Housing and related services for the homeless
- Supportive housing
- Social housing
- Affordable housing
Housing Programs and Services
- Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)
- Low-income Housing Capital Assistance Program
- Safe Housing Committee
- Responding to derelict housing concerns
- Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF)
- Capital Region Housing Corporation
- Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing
- Municipal Housing Facilitator
- Social Housing Advisory Committee
- Housing policy and strategy development for the City
For more information:
Housing and Economic Sustainability
11th Floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton AB T5J 3P4
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311