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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 7000 emergency, transitional, and long-term housing units in Edmonton and approximately another 20,000 affordable housing units needed in Edmonton.  

Edmonton Area Community Plan on Housing and Supports

Annual counts of homeless persons show a decline in homelessness between 2008 and 2012, however over approximately 2,000 people in Edmonton still remain homeless.



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.

Building Together: The City of Edmonton Low-income and Special Needs Housing Strategy 2001-2011

Types of Low-income or Special Needs Housing

  • Housing and related services for the homeless
  • Supportive housing
  • Supported housing
  • Social or subsidized housing
  • Affordable housing

Housing Programs and Services

  • Cornerstones II: Secondary Suites Program
  • Long-term Affordable Housing grant programs
  • Housing Opportunities Program for Edmonton (HOPE)
  • Curb Appeal Program
  • Safe and Derelict Housing Committees
  • Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF)
  • Capital Region Housing Corporation
  • Homeward Trust Edmonton
  • Homelessness Commission
  • Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board
  • Housing policy and strategy development for the City

For More Information

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homelessness, Social Development Branch
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB  T5J 0J4


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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