Affordable housing options in all neighbourhoods is a solution to social disorder and not a problem, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said after city council unanimously voted to remove a non-market housing ban in five core neighbourhoods. “I’m really proud of our council’s leadership,” Iveson said following the firm decision. “Good affordable housing is one of the solutions to challenges in our community. We’re convinced by that in everything we’ve seen.”
In 2012, council approved a temporary moratorium on affordable housing in the core neighbourhoods of Alberta Avenue, Central McDougall, Eastwood, McCauley and Queen Mary Park following concerns from residents on the concentration of social service agencies and lack of private investment.
Seven years later, the city says the pause hasn’t been the answer to address social challenges and providing housing in these communities would do more to address concerns.