Find the monthly performance evaluation of Edmonton’s Housing First Program and the agencies delivering it here.


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Homelessness is an important issue for all Edmontonians. It affects countless aspects of our lives, from how we relate to our neighbours, to how agencies, organizations, and the city itself reacts to and works towards solving the issue of homelessness in our community.

The Need

Between 1999 and 2008, the Homeless Counts in Edmonton showed a steadily increasing rate of homelessness. This was the result of a boom-bust economy, skyrocketing rents, dropping vacancy rates, and a chronic shortage of affordable housing. In 2007, the true strain of homelessness came to a head when a tent city formed in a downtown parking lot.

By 2008, homelessness was reaching all-time highs, with 3,027 Edmontonians living without a home. This increasing need was a determining factor that saw the city adopt Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2009.

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1752 people experiencing homelessness
identify as Indigenous
people under the age of 18 years old
provisionally accommodated

Everyone deserves the basic dignity of a warm and safe home.

The Response

Things many of us take for granted—a shower before work, a place for our children to do homework, or a safe spot to keep our belongings—simply aren’t possible when you don’t have a home of your own.

Homeward Trust aims to change this reality. We’re opening doors and building hope for thousands of Edmontonians, helping realize our city’s goal of ending homelessness.

Our goal: end chronic homelessness by 2019

Our vision: homes for all

Our purpose: to be the difference

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6000+ people housed and supported since 2009
of people in Housing First have remained housed 12 months after housing
people housed and supported in 2015
of Housing First clients were chronically homeless
families housed and supported via 2015 Urgent Families Initiative

Requests for Proposals

We have open RFPs including:  Balwin Site Permanent Supportive Housing Program, Community Research Projects, and Audit Services. Find them here.


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We are seeking members for our Board of Directors

We are currently seeking persons with an accounting designation. Find the Board information package and application form here: June 2017 Board Application and Board Profile. Homeward Trust encourages all interested parties to complete the application process as applicants during this round of selection may be considered for future board vacancies (Indigenous and Non-Indigenous). This will allow our board to have an approved list of candidates for possible vacancies.

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Edmonton’s Updated Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

The City of Edmonton and Homeward Trust have released the Updated Plan.  Read it in its entirety here.

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