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Supportive housing helps provide Edmonton’s most vulnerable people with the support, safety, and stability they need to lead healthy and connected lives.


 

What is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing provides continuous support for people who have experienced chronic homelessness or housing insecurity, combining subsidized housing with on-site primary care services and mental health support.

Supportive housing is focused on individuals who have struggled to live independently without in-house health and wellness resources and a supportive community. It provides residents with stability, safety and connection with staff and other residents.

 

Why Build Supportive Housing?

Edmonton has made significant progress toward ending homelessness. But there are still around 2000 people experiencing homelessness, with more than 500 people sleeping outside on any given night. People experiencing chronic homelessness often have complex needs that make living independently a challenge.Supportive housing is a proven and effective way to help people find and maintain housing by providing continuous, wraparound support to improve overall health and wellbeing for residents.

The City of Edmonton has a goal of developing 900 supportive housing units over six years: 600 units by 2022, and 300 more by 2024. 

Quick Facts:

  • Supportive housing is not new. As of 2020, there are more than 800 units of supportive housing already serving people who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity in neighbourhoods throughout the city. 

  • Supportive housing works. 60-84% of residents in supportive housing remain housed for two years or more, rather than returning to homelessness.

  • Supportive housing is cost effective. The City of Edmonton’s proposal to develop 900 units of supportive housing is expected to save governments approximately $230 million in health, emergency service, justice and policing resources over 10 years.

Who Lives in Supportive Housing?

People who live in supportive housing come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and have different reasons for accessing the support it offers. Some people in supportive housing have physical disabilities and/or mental health challenges that restrict their ability to work consistently and maintain independent housing. Others may be struggling with substance use and need access to health resources and continuous support from trained staff to help them to manage their disease.

Residents who have experienced chronic homelessness or housing insecurity find a sense of safety, stability and community in supportive housing.


 

Who Works in Supportive Housing?

The specific services offered at supportive housing are tailored to the needs of the residents. 

  • Generally, support workers are on staff around the clock to provide residents with social and structural support and to assist in meeting their needs. This can include helping with tasks like grocery shopping, accessing transportation, applying for AISH and other government programs, among others. 

  • Medication and substance management may also be located on-site to help residents maintain their health and manage addictions. Medical professionals may be on staff, or may visit the site on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to provide services to the residents. 

  • Psychologists and social workers may also visit supportive housing regularly to provide individual or group services to the residents.

About The Project

Increasing the supply of supportive housing is a key priority of the Affordable Housing Investment Plan (2019-2022) and the overall strategy to end homelessness in Edmonton.

Building new supportive housing is a significant undertaking and there will be several phases and milestones, including rezoning approval at City Council, before construction can begin.  

City Council approved the sale of land to Homeward Trust on June 29, 2020. The sale is subject to terms and conditions, including public engagement. The City is currently in the Planning and Design Phase and the Engagement Phase.

The current phase of this project is "Information Sharing"

The City and Homeward Trust are gathering public input on two key decision points: a Good Neighbour Plan and certain built form design elements. In advance of formal engagement events, you can fill out a survey that will help us collect your questions and thoughts about this project.

Take Survey

Stay tuned to this page or sign up to be notified of upcoming public engagement opportunities.

For More Information

Email supportivehousing@edmonton.ca

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