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.
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 Plan to End Homelessness in 2009.
Everyone deserves the basic dignity of a warm and safe home.
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
This guide for 2017-2018 includes information about agencies, drop-ins, shelters, and transportation services during Edmonton’s winter season. Read it here.
Read our analysis of Canada’s first National Housing Strategy here.
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