Portrait of Homelessness

Edmonton’s homeless by the numbers

In the most recent homeless count* 2,307 people were experiencing homelessness

Housing First

Housing First

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Housing First

Housing First

The Challenge

  • Rental apartment vacancy in June 2015 was 2.4% in Edmonton and 2.9% nationally
  • Rent for an average two-bedroom apartment was $1,250, a 4.4% increase over 2014
  • As of November 2015, the median single family home sold for $438,935 and condo for $244,225

The Need

  • 1 in 10 households are paying too much for housing or living in inadequate conditions
  • Almost 8,000 households are on Capital Region Housing Corporation’s wait list, and they receive 250 new applications monthly

Housing First

The Housing First program, launched in 2009, has helped more than 3,300 people – including 900 children – to find homes in the last five years. These are mostly chronically homeless individuals or families with children.

  • Of those housed in 2014 through Housing First, 77% were housed outside of the inner city
  • 93% of people served through Housing First in 2014 have retained their home

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