© Edmonton Journal

Edmonton city council is a step closer to lifting a seven-year moratorium on new affordable housing in five of Edmonton’s core neighbourhoods. Pointing to undeserved stigma associated with social housing, council’s executive committee decided Monday (June 10) to reconsider the ban after hearing there is was correlation between low-income housing addresses and calls to police.

Although a handful of speakers wanted the moratorium on “non-market” housing to stay in place, most of them highlighted a need for safer and affordable housing in the neighbourhoods of Alberta Avenue, Central McDougall, Eastwood, McCauley and Queen Mary Park.